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NATO suffered defeat by permitting conflict in Ukraine — retired British general

In 2016, Nick Parker was appointed an adviser to the then Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Polotorak

LONDON, March 31. /TASS/. Britain’s General Nick Parker, retired, a former commander of British land forces, believes that NATO has suffered a defeat by permitting a conflict in Ukraine and now had to take a "defensive position."

Speaking in an interview to the BBC on Thursday Parker said "NATO has been defeated, NATO’s bluff was called."

"We were unable to stop the Russians trampling all over Ukraine and now NATO is holding the line of the 2004 expansion, along the line of the Baltic states and Poland and Hungary and Romania. And what it has to do is to defend that line, it’s what in military terms we would call a defensive position. And I don’t think it has the capacity to move on to the offensive with its 30 nations all with slightly different views," Parker said.

He called for what he described as a "smaller coalition of nations who can start to develop an offensive counter-strategy."

In 2016, Parker was appointed an adviser to the then Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Polotorak. Together with US retired General John Abizaid he provided assistance to Kiev in reforming the Ukrainian army.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow’s plans did not envisage an occupation of Ukrainian territories.

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