NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels on Friday to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine as Kyiv called on Western allies to implement a no-fly zone and provide additional planes to protect civilians and infrastructure, including nuclear plants.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, head of Ukraine’s government, has repeatedly called for a no-fly zone since Moscow invaded over a week ago, but NATO allies have opposed a move that could draw everyone into a conflict with Russia.
Lithuania said that the alliance would be dragged into the war if it were to enforce a no-fly zone. Canadian Foreign minister Melanie Joly said that NATO’s red line was to avoid triggering a wider international conflict. Presidential office of France described a no-fly zone as a very legitimate request and very difficult to fulfill.