No-Fly zoneDate: 10 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
President of Ukraine has asked NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to limit attacks from Russian warplanes.
Russia has invaded Ukraine in order to realize its geopolitical ambitions in Europe.
NATO has rejected the request of no-fly zone saying that such move would drag the alliance directly into the war against Russia.
The United States has categorically stated that they will not be directly involved in a conflict with Russia.
No-fly zones are restrictions imposed to stop a country from using warplanes to attack military targets or civilians on the ground.
If declared, NATO will be responsible for patrolling the area with its airplanes and would need to fire at enemy to ensure the safety of civilians on the ground.
The grouping would have to incapacitate air defense network of adversary, including air communication and radars.
NATO would have to deploy refueling tankers and electronic-surveillance aircraft to support the mission.
It would drag US into another unwanted full-fledged war, straining its resources and attracting criticism from American public.
Reasons for rejection
Accepting request by Ukraine would require NATO to take over the air war that Ukraine is currently waging against Russian attacks.
Creation of no-fly zone above Ukraine would be viewed as "participation" in the conflict. A nuclear war would be likely.
Recent moves of no-fly zone
Lastly, the no-fly zone was imposed over Iraq during the Gulf War. It was also imposed over Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkans conflict.