As NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels this week to decide on how to further push Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, members of the US-led military bloc are in dispute over what strategy to adopt towards Moscow, the New York Times reported citing Western officials.
The likes of Poland and the Baltic states have advocated for a total break in relations with Moscow, with the aim of bringing Russia to its knees.
Meanwhile, nations like Germany, France, and Turkey have reportedly argued that Russia cannot be coerced into peace. Thus, they reportedly want to continue dialogue with President Vladimir Putin.
One thing that all NATO states agree on, according to the outlet, is that the Ukrainian conflict has entered an uncertain stage and is unlikely to be resolved this month, if peace talks fail in Turkey.
However, disagreements among the NATO members recently escalated as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for trying to negotiate with Moscow.
NATO expects a further Russian offense in the eastern and southern Ukraine to try to take the entire Donbass to create a land bridge to Crimea.
NATO members have been constantly bolstering Ukraine’s military might with increased arms supplies both before and especially after the outbreak of the conflict.
The organization, however, has repeatedly refused Kiev’s plea to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine fearing that it will inevitably lead to a war with Russia.
At the same time EU policy makers failed to agree on a new package of sanctions against Moscow, including a ban on Russian coal imports, Reuters reports, citing its sources. The latest round of economic restrictions was proposed by the European Commission earlier this week.
it was not clear yet how the issues will be resolved, but the EU hopes to reach a compromise at a meeting on Thursday. The EU depends on Russia for around 45% of its coal imports, according to the European Commission website.
In March, European countries imported a total of 7.1 million tons of thermal coal, which is used in power and heat generation. That is a 40.5% increase year-on-year and the highest level of imports since March 2019.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.