Britain rules out ‘active role’ in Ukraine — Analysis

According to one junior defense minister, miscalculations can lead to an unneeded escalation

Following Russia’s attack on the Eastern European nation, Britain said on Friday that it would not play an “active role”In the Ukraine conflict, warn that such an action might lead to an excessive escalation.

“We must all in this house be clear that British and NATO troops should not, must not, play an active role in Ukraine,”James Heappey was the minister for armed forces and spoke to Parliament.

“We must all be clear what the risk of miscalculation could be, and how existential that could very quickly become if people miscalculate and things escalate unnecessarily,”He concluded.

According to the minister, any military conflict between NATO and Russia would be a threat. “existential”Unnecessary risk

He did however announce that Britain would send additional troops to Estonia. “earlier than planned” in an effort to reinforce its NATO ally’s defenses amid increased Russian aggression. 

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He stated that the Welsh battlegroup will soon be arriving in the country to double troop numbers.

On Thursday, Russia announced the commencement of a special “operation” in the Donbass, after the leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk asked Moscow for military assistance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move came after his government recognized the independence of the two breakaway republics in response to Ukraine’s alleged failure to implement its obligations under the Minsk agreements struck in 2014 and 2015 to resolve its conflict with the separatists.

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