The “clear” position of the German government is that “no NATO soldier” will be sent into Ukraine, a government official has said
Extraordinary meeting of NATO defense ministers, March 16, 2022 © Getty Images / Anadolu Agency / Contributor
Sending any NATO military to Ukraine for any purpose should be a “red line,” Steffen Hebestreit, a German government spokesperson, told reporters on Wednesday.
Hebestreit was responding to Poland’s call on Tuesday for a NATO “peacekeeping mission” to Ukraine amid Russia’s ongoing military offensive.
The German official said it would be very difficult to distinguish between what would be considered a humanitarian aid operation and what would be seen as a military mission.
“No NATO personnel, no NATO soldier to be sent outside of NATO to Ukraine, that is clear,” he said.
This should be a “red line,” Hebestreit stressed, adding there was a “clear and determined” agreed position on the matter within the German, French, and American governments.
Some officials from NATO countries had earlier also expressed skepticism over Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s idea of sending a NATO peacekeeping mission which would be “able to defend itself.” Kaczynski came up with this proposal following his visit to Kiev with the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic.