NATO to Not Take Part in the Military Unblocking of the Black Sea

Monday, 27 June 2022

The North Atlantic Alliance is not considering attracting NATO military capabilities to create a corridor for Ukrainian exports across the Black Sea because it will lead to an unacceptable escalation.

"We don't feel and don't think that NATO imposing military options will be of help in this situation. This will lead only to escalation," said Deputy Secretary General of NATO Mircea Geoană in an interview with EuroPravda.

Geoană notes the partners are trying to find other solutions. The first is by rail and by land to EU ports. This route, despite its shortcomings, already lets export at least some of the grain.

"The other issue, which is indeed very complex, is how to have corridors across the Black Sea. That will be done with Russia because Russia is a player in this. Turkey, the NATO ally, is playing a constructive role in trying to find a solution that will be viable. And I believe that the UN is the best actor here, too," he added.

Former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodniuk believes that Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea can be unblocked in several ways, but they all involve the military.

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