April 5, 2022
In an interview with Die Welt, General Eberhard Zorn answered negatively to the question of whether NATO could intervene in Ukraine if Russia used weapons of mass destruction against that Eastern European country.
He emphasized that “what the German Federal Chancellor and U.S. President Joe Biden said” is still valid, i.e. that “under no circumstances will we deploy our forces on Ukrainian territory.”
Zorn said that “at this moment, we do not see any signs of an imminent Russian attack on NATO member countries”, so the military alliance still has time to “expand” its capacities and “strengthen the eastern flank”.
The general revealed that NATO could “deploy the necessary combat groups in all countries from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea by the end of May.”
Germany also expects to provide NATO with a fully modernized division in 2025, made up of 15,000 members “trained, equipped and therefore ready for action”, Zorn concluded.