Germany envoy: NATO does not want war with Russia

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, so the alliance has no collective defense obligations to it, told the magazine Spiegel German Permanent Representative to NATO Rüdiger Koenig. He explained that the alliance does not want war with Russia.

During the interview, the journalist noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had repeatedly turned to NATO for help. “Ukraine is not a member of NATO. So this is not an alliance business, which would mean that we are all together helping Ukraine defend itself. We also do not want NATO to take an active part in this war,” Mr. Koening explained.

To a clarifying question, “why shouldn’t NATO take an active part,” the German permanent representative replied: “This will mean a very big war, into which 30 other countries will suddenly be drawn. Nobody wants that.”

Rüdiger Koenig noted that NATO “can’t just put up with the fact that a European country is under attack.” “We also send weapons and money to Ukraine – not jointly, on behalf of NATO, this is done by many individual countries. In addition, the European Union has imposed sanctions against Russia,” he listed measures to help Ukraine.

On September 30, Mr. Zelensky applied for the country’s accession to NATO on an accelerated basis. He announced this decision after the Kremlin signed agreements on the accession to Russia of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, as well as the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. Nevertheless, Kyiv’s application was supported by ten countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Estonia.

Details – in the material “Kommersant” “Ukraine applied the technique.”

Laura Keffer

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