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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday doubled down on his calls for a US-imposed no-fly zone, calling it the “only rational decision” despite President Biden’s insistence that the move would escalate tensions.
“We will keep pushing because we have to protect our skies,” Kuleba told “Special Report” host Bret Baier.
President Zelenskyy is expected to make a similar plea in his virtual address to Congress on Wednesday, after Biden and NATO canceled the possibility of shutting down the skies over Ukraine, saying its application would put the United States and the ‘NATO in direct confrontation with Russia and would only extend the conflict.
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When asked if Ukraine was ready to “accept a negative response from the United States on this,” Kuleba said he believed Biden and other NATO leaders would accept the critical nature of Ukraine’s request, but hopes it will happen sooner rather than later.
“You know, just over a month ago Germany said they would never supply Ukraine with weapons, and that was a solid red line for them, and yet they did,” he said.
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“So many unimaginable things have happened in the last weeks and days. So what is a red line today will be the only rational decision tomorrow. The only problem is what will be the price that Ukrainians will have to pay for politicians in different capitals around the world and across the Atlantic have to do to change their positions and understand that something has to be done?”
Until then, Kuleba said he hopes the Biden administration will facilitate a deal with Poland to send MiG-29 jets to Ukraine for additional air support.
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“We have to win the battle in the sky and we cannot do that without new planes being provided to us,” he said. “You have to understand one thing. There are cities in Ukraine that no longer exist, erased from the face of this planet. They don’t exist because they were bombed from scratch.”
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“That’s why we called on countries to supply arms to Ukraine,” he added. “Weapons that will help us defend our country. Every time we have success on the battlefield, on the ground, we see that Russia takes a slight step forward to be more constructive and accept some of our proposals. So sanctions and weapons are things that can change the situation on the ground, we Ukrainians will do the rest of the work.