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Germany rejects no-fly zone, could lead to NATO-Russia confrontation

Reuters · 11/16/2022 05:48
Germany rejects -fly zone, could lead to NATO-Russia confrontation

- Establishing a -fly zone would pose a threat of direct confrontation between Russia and NATO, a German government spokesperson said, after a missile blast in Poland the Ukrainian border killed two people on Tuesday.

The spokesperson rejected this and said, "Together with all our allies we are agreed that we want to avoid a further escalation of this war in Ukraine."

Berlin will offer support to the Polish air defence, a spokesperson for the defence ministry said at a regular conference on Wednesday.

The NATO meeting following Tuesday's blast was based on the article 4 of the alliance's founding treaty, under which members can bring any issue of concern for discussion, a foreign ministry spokesperson said.

(Reporting by Rachel More and Riham Alkousaa)

((Riham.Alkousaa@thomsonreuters.com; Twitter: @RihamKousa;))