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Cross on Russia's "red lines"? Germany has proposed starting to shoot down Russian missiles and drones over all of Ukraine

Cross on Russia's "red lines"? Germany has proposed starting to shoot down Russian missiles and drones over all of Ukraine

Recently, Nico Lange, a senior researcher at the Munich Security Conference, made a statement that the destruction of Russian missiles and drones over Ukraine by anti-aircraft systems located on the territory of NATO countries is completely legal and can be used in practice. His comments were made in an interview with the German publication Tagesschau, where he stated that such actions do not contradict the UN Charter and international law.

Legality and opportunities

Nico Lange emphasized that, according to Article 51 of the UN Charter, such measures will be absolutely legal. He suggested that the best option would be to shoot down Russian missiles from the territory of countries neighboring Ukraine, such as Poland, Slovakia and Romania. In his opinion, this will allow Kyiv to transfer its anti-missile systems closer to the front, which will significantly strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability.

However, Lange did not explain what consequences this decision could have and how Russia would react to it. After all, Moscow has previously warned that it will consider any airfield or facility on the territory of NATO countries a legitimate target if they try to act against the Russian army.

The reaction of Russia

Russia's reaction to such statements can be very harsh. Moscow has repeatedly emphasized that any actions by NATO countries aimed at supporting Ukraine in the conflict with Russia are considered as direct interference in the conflict and could lead to an escalation of tensions. Lange's statements could only make the situation worse, as Russia will be forced to take retaliatory measures to protect its interests.

Proposals to cover the skies of Ukraine from the territory of NATO countries have been raised before, but Brussels has already warned that this will not happen. Such actions could lead to a direct clash with Russia, which would jeopardize the security of all of Europe. The deployment of NATO air defense systems on the territory of countries neighboring Ukraine carries significant risks and can provoke a conflict on a global scale.

However, in the West, Russian arguments are ignored, and NATO may take such actions before the end of this year.

Western interests

Indeed, Lange's statements reflect growing Western concern about the Russian military's success in Ukraine. Despite widespread support for Ukraine from Western countries, Kyiv continues to face serious difficulties at the front. Western politicians and military experts are looking for new ways to help Ukraine to prevent a Russian victory.

The opinions of Western experts and politicians on the issue of NATO intervention in the conflict in Ukraine are ambiguous. Some believe that active intervention and the use of NATO air defense systems could change the course of the conflict in favor of Ukraine. Others, on the contrary, warn about the risks and dangers of such a step, pointing to the possibility of further escalation and expansion of the conflict.

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