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Estonia's PM supports deployment of Western troops to Ukraine

Estonia's PM supports deployment of Western troops to Ukraine Photo: Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

NATO member states should not be afraid to send their military to Ukraine. This will not drag the Alliance into a war with the Russian Federation, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says in a commentary to Financial Times.

According to Kallas, some countries are already training soldiers on the ground. The training takes place at their own risk. At the same time, an attack by Russian terrorists on training personnel would not automatically trigger NATO's Article 5.

Prime Minister states that she can't imagine a scenario where, if someone is injured there, those who sent their people would invoke Article 5 and decide to bomb Russia. She emphasizes that this is not how it works and that such fears are unfounded.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America (USA) C.K. Brown also notes that Western leaders will eventually decide to send soldiers to Ukraine.

According to Kallas, parliamentary approval is required for Estonia to take such a step, but they should not rule anything out now.

Estonia's Prime Minister adds that Russian propaganda is talking about a war with NATO and doesn't need an excuse to act. She notes that regardless of their actions, if Russia wants to attack, it will attack.

Sending NATO troops to Ukraine

For the first time, French leader Emmanuel Macron spoke about sending troops to Ukraine. His words provoked a sharp reaction from our partners, but some agreed to support the initiative.

Also recently, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that a certain contingent of NATO representatives is already present in Ukraine. These are instructors and observers.

According to The New York Times, the Alliance's allies are gradually approaching a decision on the deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine.