Defense Minister calls on Britain, Canada and the U.S. to place soldiers on borders of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Olexiy Reznikov believes that foreign soldiers should be stationed in territories that may be on the front lines during a possible invasion of the Russian Federation
20:36, 5 December 2021

Vice Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov

Defense Minister Olexiy Reznikov called on the UK, Canada and the United States to deploy their troops in the south and east of Ukraine. This is stated in the message of The Globe and Mail.

Canada, the United States and Britain should jointly and swiftly provide military support to Ukraine in its standoff with Russia, Ukraine’s defence minister said in an interview, warning that steps to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading were necessary now because “it will be too late after.”

Oleksiy Reznikov said he detected a split within the NATO military alliance over how far to go in supporting Ukraine. Canada, the U.S., and Britain were more willing to challenge Mr. Putin’s aggressive behaviour, he said, while countries like Germany and France were hesitant because they were concerned about maintaining their economic relationships with Russia.

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Reznikov, who was appointed defence minister last month by President Volodymyr Zelensky, called on “the Anglo-Saxon allies” to act outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, if necessary, in providing weapons and other support to Ukraine’s military. He said Ukraine’s land forces were battle-ready, but that the country needed to immediately upgrade its air defence, naval, and electronic warfare capabilities in the face of the threat posed by the massive Russian military force amassed near Ukraine’s borders.

Ukraine, he said, needed a “quick response” from its allies that would help it address a lack of anti-aircraft missiles, modern warplanes and naval craft, as well as electronic jamming equipment. But just as important, he said, would be Canadian, U.S. and British soldiers visibly deployed to positions near the frontline.

Related: Russian Embassy: Deployment of Russian troops on territory of country is no one's business


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