More air defense, aviation for Ukraine’s army is the solution – ex-NATO officer

Chris Kremidas-Courtney notes that the procedure for the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine is rather complicated. According to the former US intelligence officer, the best solution in the current situation is to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with air and missile defense systems, as well as combat aircraft.

This was stated by the senior fellow at the American organization Friends of Europe and former adviser to the commander of the NATO Training Mission in Iraq in a comment to Guildhall.

“Today, NATO is doing everything possible with regard to the supply of weaponry without running the risk of starting a war with Russia, although we are already on thin ice in this respect. Regarding the no-fly zone, it is effective only when it is observed, and I believe that nowadays the Armed Forces of Ukraine are in the prime position to ensure the no-fly zone [themselves],” he said.

“The solution lies in the quantity: the more equipment, fighters, air defense and anti-aircraft systems we can give Ukraine for protection, the better. In addition, the West should provide Ukraine with radars and informational support. The problem is that we need a consensus of all NATO members on this issue, and thus far this has been difficult. Indeed, the main focus should be on the technical and military security of the skies over Ukraine,” Chris Kremidas-Courtney argued.

Earlier, the former commander-in-chief of the Estonian Defense Forces, Lieutenant-General Riho Terras, said that the former Warsaw Pact countries – Estonia’s current partners in NATO – have an extensive arsenal of Soviet types of weapons, in particular aviation. Given the priority of protecting Ukraine from the air, fighters, helicopters and other types of aircraft should be delivered to Ukraine immediately.

Chris Kremidas-Courtney — Senior Fellow, Peace, Security and Defense for Friends of Europe, lecturer for the Geneva Center for Security Policy, faculty associate the for Institute for Security Governance in Monterey, California, and lecturer for the Stratcom Hybrid program at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.
Chris served for 32 years in various parts of the US government including secondments abroad such as tours as Political Advisor to the Commander of the NATO Training Mission – Iraq (NTM-I) , Assistant Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Headquarters – Naples, Policy Planner at the US Mission to NATO and Deputy Defense Advisor at the US Mission to the EU. More recently, he served as the Multilateral Engagement Coordinator for U.S. European Command and as the first Director of Training and Exercises for the Hybrid COE.

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