Czech Pres hints at ‘Boots on ground’ in Ukraine

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There is nothing to prevent NATO from deploying its troops on Ukrainian soil to act in training and assistance roles, Czech Republic President Petr Pavel has said, as a thorny debate over alliance limitations regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine develops.

Pavel—a former general who previously served as the chair of the NATO Military Committee—spoke with Czech television on Monday and did not say he was opposed to the official deployment of alliance troops to Ukraine, an idea recently raised in France and backed by several Baltic NATO allies.

“From the point of view of international law and the UN Charter, there would be nothing to prevent NATO member states’ troops—as well as civilians, for example—from assisting in the work in Ukraine,” Pavel said, as quoted by Euractiv.

Pavel noted that NATO established a training mission on Ukrainian soil after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and fomentation of separatist rebellion in the eastern Donbas region in 2014.



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