Government heads discussed how to increase the support of Ukraine without provoking Russia into the wider European war.
NATO leaders want to send more weapons to Ukraine after Zelensky asked for tans, rockets, and air-defense systems at the Brussels summit.
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This Thursday, in a three hours meeting, the 30 heads of government discussed how they could upgrade and increase the weapons supply without provoking Russia into a wider European war.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general stated, “I will not go into the details of the exact type of systems we are deploying … What I can say is that allies do what they can to support Ukraine with weapons.”
In the meeting, the leaders warned Russia against using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, stating that such use “would be unacceptable and result in severe consequences.”
Masks, protective suits, detection, and other equipment will be delivered to Ukraine. Also, Stoltenberg stated that Russia attempts to create a pretext by ‘’falsely’’ accusing Ukraine, the US, and NATO of “preparing to use chemical and biological weapons.”
Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, and the rest of the NATO leaders heard a passionate call from Zelensky for “military assistance – without restrictions.” He asked for more weapons because Russia uses its entire arsenal against Ukraine without restrictions.
Zelensky asked for ‘’ anti-missile systems, MLRS rocket artillery, anti-ship weapons, air defense equipment – plus tanks and fighter jets.’’
“You can give us 1% of all your planes. One percent of your tanks,” he said.
NATO leaders discussed what they could still deliver to Ukraine.
“There was a discussion both about more [military equipment] in terms of more numbers and more in terms of different equipment,” one official said.
“A lot of eastern allies were talking about … the extent to which they can provide equipment because it’s ex-Soviet equipment,” used in Ukraine’s military.
However, there must be limits. Officials indicated that they believed it unlikely any NATO country would want to provide tanks for fear of Russian retaliation.
“We have a responsibility to prevent this conflict from becoming a full-fledged war in Europe, involving not only Ukraine and Russia but Nato allies and Russia,” Stoltenberg said
NATO members stated they would provide DEFENSIVE EQUIPMENT ONLY, but Russian military errors and Ukraine’s determination to fight back have left the aggressors struggling to make progress without resorting to the heavy bombardment that has left the cities of Mariupol and Kharkiv in ruins.
‘’ Ukraine does not have powerful anti-missile weapons and has a much smaller aircraft fleet than Russia,” Zelensky said. “Therefore, their advantage in the sky is like the use of weapons of mass destruction.’’
“And you see the consequences today – how many people were killed, how many peaceful cities were destroyed.”
Early on Thursday, Ukraine stated they had destroyed a Russian warship, the Orsk.
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