The road to peace in Ukraine runs through military aid for Kyiv.
It can be achieved through more decisive actions from NATO, including those proposed by Jarosław Kaczyński in Kyiv on Tuesday, when he suggested the establishment of a NATO “peace mission” — one that would be able to defend itself and which entails a no-fly zone over at least part of Ukraine.
Interestingly, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is highly experienced in international policy, seems to be thinking the same.
In an essay published on the website of his think-tank, Blair called the West’s current approach a “strange tactic,” and suggests that NATO’s fear of provoking escalation is being used by Putin as a bargaining chip against the West.
“Maybe that is our position and maybe that is the right position, but continually signaling it, and removing doubt in his mind, is a strange tactic,” Blair wrote.
The former British prime minister underlined that Putin was scaring NATO by threatening a nuclear conflict while trying to conquer a peacefully inclined nation. He emphasized that in this situation, “there is something incongruous about our repeated reassurance to him that we will not react with force.”
According to Blair, the next two weeks will be crucial when it comes to the area of political negotiations because later on, the attacks on Kyiv will become more severe and Ukrainians will take on a more hostile attitude towards any diplomatic activity.
The former Labour leader also warned against underestimating the economic costs the world will have to bear due to the war, and pointed to the growing prices of fuel, food, inflation and disruption in global trade.
The famous Latin proverb states: “If you want peace, prepare for war.”
This time we can say: If you want peace, help the invaded nation. Also militarily.