US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley ruled out in Latvia on Saturday the idea of a no-fly zone in Ukraine, which would mean “actively fighting” Russian forces.
“If a no-fly zone is declared, someone would have to enforce it,” the highest-ranking US army officer declared during a several-hour visit to the Baltic country, which borders Russia.
“We would have to go and actively fight the Russian air force,” Milley explained to local media. “It is not something that the Secretary General of NATO, [Jens] Stoltenberg, nor has any other political official in the Member States said they want to do it”.
“So, today, I am not aware of any project to establish a no-fly zone,” added the Chief of Staff, the first US official to publicly address the issue.
Ukraine has been calling for several days for NATO to establish a no-fly zone on its territory, but the North Atlantic military alliance rejected its request at a meeting on Friday not to become directly involved in the conflict.
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