Blinken Gives NATO “Go Ahead” To Come To Ukraine’s Aid Amidst War

The Secretary of State of Washington, Antony Blinken said that NATO have been given the “green light” to come to Ukraine’s aid. The secretary in a statement with “Face the Nation” urged NATO members to send in fighter jets.

Here is the reply he gave when asked whether Poland could join forces and fight the war with Ukraine:

“That gets a green-light, In fact, we’re talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if in fact they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What can we do? How can we help to make sure that they get something to backfill the planes that they are handing over to the Ukrainians?”

The United States have deliberated on the possibility of sending fighter jets to Ukraine through Poland though they would be involved indirectly and partially.

According to statement by Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova:

“We are working with our American, especially, friends and allies, on the steady supply of all the ammunition and anti-air, anti-tank and planes to be able to effectively defend our country”.

Russia’s economy have been dwindling as the west continue to impose sanctions on their big financial institutions – this in turn as affected the rubble. President Vladimir Putin also described the sanctions as a war and setback to the country’s economy.

Blinken continued:

“The impact of the sanctions is already devastating. The ruble is in freefall. Their stock market’s been shuttered for almost a week. We’re seeing a recession set in in Russia. Consumers aren’t able to buy basic products because companies are fleeing Russia, so it’s having a big impact.”

While Markarova acknowledged the help from West in the ongoing war, she pleaded more should be done as Russia’s attack intensifies as the days go by.

She said: “It’s clear after 11 days that we also need all of us to move faster, Ukraine, did not provoke an attack from Russia.”

“We were not a threat to Russia unless being a peaceful democracy and just peacefully leaving in your own country is a threat,” she said. “And if it’s so, then it’s not only about Ukraine, then Europe and the whole world is not safe.”

Blinken added:

“Winning a battle is not the same thing as winning a war. Taking the city is not the same thing as capturing the hearts and minds of Ukrainians,” he said. “What they’ve demonstrated with extraordinary courage is that they will not be subjugated to Vladimir Putin’s will and be under Russia’s thumb. So whether that takes another week, another month, another year to play out, it will, and I know how this is going to end. But the question is, can we end it sooner rather than later with less suffering going forward? That’s the challenge.”