Why the Ukraine Ceasefire Increases the Chances of NATO Involvement
Author: Joseph Larsen
On 6 February 2015, Georgia Today reported that Washington policymakers were debating providing lethal military aid to the Ukrainian government. A ceasefire agreement was reached on 11 February, putting a temporary halt to the fighting. However, doubts are growing that the ceasefire will hold.
“We will continue to provide Ukraine with security assistance, not to encourage war, but to allow Ukraine to defend itself.” Allow Ukraine to defend itself. Does that mean providing the Ukrainian government with lethal defensive weapons? Not necessarily, according to US Vice President Joe Biden, who gave the above statement at a 7 February press conference.
The Vice President’s office rejected claims that the VP has come out in favor of furnishing Ukraine with lethal weapons. Regardless, pundits and members of the defense community are buzzing about Biden’s support for a proactive policy toward the ongoing war between the Ukrainian government and an alliance of pro-Russian separatists and the Russian soldiers.
Perhaps more importantly, US Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers at a private reception in Germany that he personally supported sending lethal aid to Ukraine. Newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did the same during his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate.