Germany and Poland Will Not Deploy Troops Amid Rising Tensions with Russia

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/28/2024
Heavyweights in the European military, Germany and Poland, said on Tuesday that they would not be deploying soldiers to Ukraine in response to rumors that other Western nations could be thinking of doing so as the conflict with Russia approaches its third year.

Following the confirmation by other leaders of central Europe that their countries will not be sending soldiers to Ukraine, the president of NATO also said that the U.S.-led military alliance had no intentions to deploy troops there.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin issued a warning that if NATO deploys combat forces, there would inevitably be a direct confrontation between Russia and the alliance. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, "In this circumstance, we need to speak about the inevitability (of confrontation), not about possibility."

After convening a summit of high-ranking officials from over 20 Western countries that support Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said the day before that the deployment of Western foot soldiers should not be "ruled out" in the future. This was when Moscow issued its warning.

Olaf Scholz, the chancellor of Germany, seems to see the events in Paris differently. He added that all parties had decided "that no military, no ground forces, dispatched by European governments or NATO states would be on Ukrainian land."

"Soldiers working in our nations likewise are not actively engaging in the fight themselves," according to Scholz, there was also general agreement.

In particular, as NATO tries to keep out of a broader conflict with Russia, which has nuclear weapons, the thought of deploying soldiers has been taboo.

"NATO partners are giving unprecedented assistance to Ukraine," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said to The Associated Press. Since 2014, we have taken action in response to the full-scale invasion. However, there are no intentions to deploy combat forces from NATO in Ukraine.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, "Poland does not intend to deploy its soldiers to Ukraine," at a meeting in Prague on Tuesday. "There is no doubt that the Czech Republic does not wish to deploy its military," according to Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

According to Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, several nations were considering making bilateral agreements to send soldiers to assist Ukraine in fending off the Russian invasion, but his government does not intend to propose deployment.

Fico did not specify which nations will send soldiers to Ukraine or what their missions would be. Macron refrained from mentioning any nations as well, stating that he want to preserve "strategic ambiguity" and prevent the West from siding with Russia.

NATO as a whole only offers non-lethal assistance and support to Ukraine, such as medical supplies, uniforms, and winter gear; nevertheless, some nations supply arms and ammunition in pairs or in larger groups. All of the organization's member nations would need to agree in order for the group to deploy soldiers.

The type of transportation and logistical capacity that only nations like the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and maybe Italy, Poland, or Spain could marshal would be necessary for the choice to send soldiers and keep them deployed for an extended period of time.

Stoltenberg told the AP that "this is a war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine, openly breaking international law," even if he disapproved of NATO military action. Naturally, Ukraine has the right to self-defense under international law, and we have the right to assist them in defending that right.

In an effort to strengthen its ties with the West, Kyiv negotiated bilateral security agreements of ten years each with France, Germany, and the United Kingdom before the Paris summit.

As Congress delays money to Ukraine, European countries fear the US may cut down on its support. Additionally, they fear that Donald Trump, the former president, may retake office and alter American policy on the continent.

According to those present at the conference, a number of European nations, notably France, announced their support on Monday for the Czech Republic's request to purchase ammunition shells for Ukraine outside of the EU. Macron announced the formation of a new alliance to provide medium- and long-range weapons.

During a recent interview, Stoltenberg has no objection to Ukraine using Western weaponry to attack Russian targets. Certain nations have imposed limitations on the use of the equipment they provide, requesting that it be reserved for internal use inside Ukraine.

"It is up to each and every ally to choose if their delivery is subject to any limitations," Stoltenberg said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. However, he said, "hitting genuine military targets, Russian military objectives, beyond Ukraine, is also part of Ukraine's right to self-defense."


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