German diplomat, former head of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger believes that Ukraine can ensure its own security if the West continues to support its army after the war. He said this in an interview German wave.
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“At the end of this war, if Kyiv does not lose, and now I am sure that it will not happen, Ukraine will have the strongest and most experienced army in Europe. Ukraine, which by then will be in a terrible economic state, we Western allies We can help maintain an army that will number 400,000-500,000 troops, have modern weapons, including Western-style main tanks, etc. This is the best guarantee of security that Ukraine can have,” Ischinger said.
He recalled that Israel is not a NATO member and does not have written security guarantees even from the United States, but is not afraid of an attack, because it has significant capabilities to protect its territory.
“It is very costly to maintain the combat readiness of such a large army as the Ukrainian one, including the supply of a large amount of equipment, ammunition, etc., access to the US satellite intelligence system. And also, do not forget about the large number of military personnel whose service also needs to be paid. We can help Ukraine to maintain this level of combat readiness in order to deter a new invasion,” Ischinger said.
He does not deny the option with the guarantees that Ukraine is asking for, but it seems to him that “everything that is not NATO guarantees will not be considered trustworthy in Moscow.”
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