Published: 10:37, June 9, 2023 | Updated: 10:56, June 9, 2023
Kiev: No foreign troops in Ukraine before end of conflict
By Xinhua

Ukrainian servicemen take part in a military training exercise not far from front line in Donetsk region on June 8, 2023. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that foreign countries will not send their troops to Ukraine before the end of the conflict, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported on the same day. (PHOTO / AFP)

KIEV – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that foreign countries will not send their troops to Ukraine before the end of the conflict, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported Thursday.

"Until the end of the armed conflict in the territory of Ukraine, foreign countries will not deploy their troops in the territory of our state," Kuleba said.

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The Ukrainian side is asking its partners for weapons, not for dispatching their soldiers, he noted.

The minister stressed that Ukraine's possible membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would not put an end to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but could prevent new wars.

Earlier this week, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that some countries may consider deploying their troops in Ukraine if NATO member states do not provide security guarantees to Kiev at the upcoming alliance's summit.

The Vilnius NATO Summit is slated for July 11-12 in Lithuania.