NATO chief says no plans to send combat troops to Ukraine if Russia invades

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Pool

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LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - NATO has no plans to deploy combat troops to non-NATO member Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.

Asked on BBC Television whether he would rule out putting NATO troops in Ukraine if Russia does invade, Stoltenberg said: "We have no plans to deploy NATO combat troops to Ukraine ... we are focusing on providing support."

"There is a difference between being a NATO member and being a strong and highly valued partner as Ukraine. There's no doubt about that."

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Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by David Evans

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