WASHINGTON, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – The West and the United States should not make false threats against Russia in taking an unrealistic position on possible military action in Ukraine, Liam Fox, conservative MP in Great Britain and former UK Defense Minister, stated Tuesday.
“I think it’s very important not to pretend that you can or will do things that you clearly won’t,” Fox stated. “Making false threats, I think, is a big problem. We have to look at different ways of dealing with the Ukrainian situation.”
In late August, President Barack Obama stated that the US was “not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem.”
In his visit to Washington last week, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requested lethal military assistance, which the White House declined.
Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-point peace plan for Ukraine is based on the premise that there is no military solution for the country’s challenges.
Fox noted that there are four key questions to ask before seriously threatening military action, the first being the question of what the intended outcome would be.
“Number two, could such an outcome be engineered? Number three, could we possibly engineer it? And number four, how much of the outcome do we want to own?”
“I find in Ukraine it is very difficult to answer those questions,” the British MP concluded.