The US will not intercept drones attacking Ukraine

Cairo: Hani Kamal El-Din


The United States and its allies will not directly participate in the destruction of drones used by Russian troops to attack Ukraine. About it stated at a briefing at the White House, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

Asked by one journalist why the United States, which helped Israel repel an Iranian drone attack, could not do the same in the skies over Ukraine, Kirby said: “These are different conflicts, different airspace, different threat landscape.” US President Joe Biden made it clear from the very beginning of the conflict in Ukraine that the United States did not intend to intervene in this conflict “in the role of a combatant,” Kirby recalled.

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that if British forces were to help Ukraine shoot down drones, as they did during Iran’s attack on Israel, it would be a direct clash between NATO troops and the Russian army and would lead to a “dangerous escalation.”

On April 15, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, emphasizing the effectiveness of Israel’s defense thanks to the support of the United States and its allies, statedthat the European skies could have received the same level of protection long ago if Ukraine had received the same full support from its partners in intercepting drones and missiles. Israel, like Ukraine, is not a member of NATO, and this does not require the activation of Article 5, only political will is enough, Zelensky emphasized. “By defending Israel, the world showed that such unity is not only possible, but also 100 percent effective,” Zelensky said.

During the Iranian attack on the night of Sunday, April 14, dozens of drones, as well as cruise and ballistic missiles, were launched into Israel. Israel Defense Forces reported, that 99% of all missiles and drones – more than three hundred in total – were shot down, most of them outside Israeli territory. The defense involved air defense forces, Israeli army fighters and US and British warships.

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