Andriy Kortunov: Kiev is interested in the deployment of Western military personnel in any number taking such steps because they understood the potential risks. Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), said this in an interview with Lenta.ru.
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According to him, such actions could lead to the involvement of these countries in a military conflict between Kiev and Donbass or between Kiev and Russia.
At the same time, Ukraine itself is interested in deploying Western military personnel on its territory in any format and in any quantity. “This ties the West to Ukraine, creating additional guarantees of Ukrainian security, albeit indirect,”. Therefore, the Ukrainian side has always insisted that advisers, instructors, NATO representatives come to them, so that there are as many of them as possible, ”Kortunov said. The specialist named another reason why Kiev is so interested in the deployment of foreign troops: the Ukrainian authorities regard this as one of the tools to contain Russia.
Earlier it became known that the administration of American President Joe Biden was discussing sending to Ukraine military advisers. Officially, this information has not yet been confirmed. According to CNN, the issue was raised in Washington due to Kiev's fears of an allegedly impending Russian invasion of the country. The assistance package may include Javelin anti-tank missiles, mortars and air defense systems such as Stinger missiles.