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NATO Weighs Assistance for Ukraine to Dissuade Further Moves by Moscow: Dean Stavridis Comments in NYT

Dean Stavridis The Fletcher School
The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said on Wednesday that the alliance was considering providing assistance to Ukraine to help deter Russia from another military intervention there.

“We have intensive consultations with the Ukrainians right now,” Mr. Rasmussen said during an appearance at the Brookings Institution. “I agree that we should step up our assistance to Ukraine, and I am sure it will happen.”

He noted that Ukraine had requested the aid and said that he expected the foreign ministers of the alliance to decide what to provide at a meeting on April 1-2

Mr. Rasmussen did not say what help might be provided now that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has sent troops to Crimea and positioned other forces near eastern Ukraine. But other Western officials said that Ukraine was seeking communications gear, mine-clearing equipment, vehicles, ammunition, fuel and medical gear, and the sharing of intelligence.

Adm. James G. Stavridis, who led NATO’s military command until his retirement last year, said in an interview that the assistance should be provided and that the alliance should also consider sending military advisers to Ukrainian command centers to coordinate the sharing of intelligence and the distribution of equipment and supplies. NATO should also help Ukraine deal with potential cyberwarfare attacks, he added.

“The odds of reversing what has happened in Crimea are very low, so I think the focus needs to shift to ensuring there is no further encroachment into Ukrainian territory,” said Admiral Stavridis, now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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