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NATO can send troops to Ukraine, but there is a problem – Macron

Feb 27, 2024

It is possible that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will send troops to help Ukraine. However, so far there is no consensus on this issue.

This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference following the Conference in Support of Ukraine.

"The deployment of Western troops in the future cannot be ruled out, but today there is no consensus on the official, accepted, and approved deployment of troops," Macron said.

He added that Russia has taken an aggressive stance not only against Ukraine, but also "against us in general".

"We have heard President Zelensky's request to strengthen our support and we are convinced that defeating Russia is essential for security and stability in Europe," the French leader added.

At the same time, the president refused to elaborate on France's position on this issue, citing "strategic uncertainty, which I accept".

"I absolutely did not say that France does not support. I will not remove the ambiguity of today's debate by naming names. I am saying that this was mentioned among the options," he said.

France has never made such a statement before. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte assured that the issue of sending ground troops to Ukraine was not on the agenda of the meeting at the Elysee Palace.

However, Macron did not rule out providing assistance in the future, drawing parallels with the provision of weapons to our country.

"Many people who say 'Never, never' today were the same people who said 'no tanks, no planes, no long-range missiles' two years ago. Let's be humble enough to admit that we were often six to twelve months behind schedule. This was the purpose of today's discussion: anything is possible if it is useful for achieving our goal," the French leader explained.

Macron also emphasized that Ukraine's allies "are not at war with the Russian people," but they "simply do not want to let Putin win in Ukraine".

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 27/02/2024

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