UK: Ukraine will fight Russia alone, we are unlikely to send troops
LONDON, ($1=0.76 British Pounds) – Gradually, the positions of NATO members on the Russian invasion of Ukraine are being clarified, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the latest statement by British Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
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‘It’s a fact it’s not a member of NATO, so it’s highly unlikely that anyone is going to send troops into Ukraine to challenge Russia… We shouldn’t kid people on what we would,’ he said during an interview with Andrew Neil on Spectator TV. Ben Wallace confirmed that military intervention could only be used for defense, and since Ukraine is not a member of NATO, it remains to fight Russia alone.
The situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border is still controversial. Ukraine says Russia currently deploys nearly 100,000 troops at the border, while US intelligence says Putin could quickly “increase” their numbers to 170,000. The CIA also claimed in some of its intelligence reports that Russia would take military action in late January 2022.
Britain followed the example of America. Two weeks ago, President Biden said sending US troops to defend Ukraine was “not on the table.”
What many analysts have said in recent years has come true – military support for Ukraine by the two major NATO nations [the United States and Britain] is limited to political declarations, possible economic sanctions against Moscow, and arms sales to Ukrainians, which is only in benefit American and British manufacturers.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in the last 24 months Ukraine has received several tranches of tens of millions of dollars for defense, as well as the supply of anti-tank missiles Javelin, Russian helicopters that were destined for Afghanistan. It’s no secret that the Ukrainians also want to acquire the American Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
If we compare the military supplies to Ukraine today with those in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, today Ukrainians receive more military aid in the form of arms supplies. We remind you that in 2014, the then US President Barack Obama provided the European country only with radars, night vision goggles, and medical supplies.
“Ukrainians are being killed and we are sending them blankets and food,” the late Senator John McCain said at the time. “Blankets don’t do well against Russian tanks.”
During a television interview, Ben Wallace never confirmed whether Britain would join the US initiative to send deadly weapons to Ukraine. However, analysts predict that if Russia invades Ukraine, the British will “reconcile” and follow the Americans in military supplies.