VIDEO | NATO rejects Ukraine no-fly zone. Alliance considers more troops, air defense for Romania, Poland

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The NATO chief has said „more deaths, more suffering and more destruction” are likely amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But the alliance on Friday rejected implementing the no-fly zone requested by Kyiv.

“We are increasing the presence of NATO-allied forces in eastern art of the alliance, but we are not going to be part of the conflict,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for Western powers to enforce a no-fly zone since Moscow’s invasion started nine days ago, with Russia shelling cities and seizing Europe’s largest nuclear plant after a battle with Ukrainians.

“Today, we discussed about our long-term defense changes, especially  in the eastern part. Today we have some presence in the east allied countries,” he said after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

“We have  battle groups in the Baltic states, in Poland and some presence in Romania,” he added. “We are seriously considering a significant increase in that presence both in more troops and more air defense, deterrence through defense.”

The NATO chief  said decisions would be made at a meeting on March 16.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, whose country is not a member of the alliance, was present at the meeting of the NATO diplomats.

The takeover of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Friday by Russian forces raised concerns of a nuclear disaster  like that in Chernobyl in 1986.

Russian forces seize Ukrainian nuclear plant after fire. ‘Europe’s safety directly threatened’- UK PM


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