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Stoltenberg: NATO will not send soldiers to Ukraine

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO does not plan to send soldiers to Ukraine or participate in any military operation, the Secretary General of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Tuesday, writes Reuters.

"We will not be part of the conflict, we will not send our forces or participate in any military action, but we have the right to help Ukraine defend itself," he said.

He did not rule out the possibility of lifting restrictions on Kiev for attacks on Russia with Western weapons, stressing that such decisions will be made at the national level.

"When we deliver weapons to Ukraine, they are no longer our weapons, they are Ukrainian weapons," he explained.

In Brussels, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, was supported by the Dutch Minister of Defense, Kajsa Ollongren, who said that Ukraine should have the right to target targets in Russia, as according to her, Kiev is defending itself and is trying to regain territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croix opposed the use of Western weapons for attacks on Russian territory.

He said that the weapons delivered by Brussels can only be used on the territory of Ukraine.

The Ministers of Defense of the countries of the European Union are discussing today the issue of an attack on the territory of the Russian Federation.