Macron does not “rule out” the deployment of French troops against Russia

The war in Ukraine

Published 28 February 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Emmanuel Macron says that "no alternative can be excluded".

French President Emmanuel Macron “does not exclude” the deployment of French ground troops in Ukraine to fight Russia.

– No option can be ruled out. We will do everything to ensure that Russia does not win the war, he declared.

The war rhetoric is hardening, and many fear a future major war between Russia and its allies on the one side and US-led NATO on the other.

One person who does not rule out expanding the military effort is the president of France, who may consider sending French soldiers to war in the future.

Macron points out that several countries that previously said they would never send planes, tanks and long-range missiles to Ukraine have done just that, and it is conceivable that they will also change their minds about sending ground troops.

– Let us have the humility to realize that we have often been six to twelve months late. That was the purpose of today’s discussion: everything is possible if it helps us achieve our goal, he said at a conference in Paris on support for Ukraine.

Macron argued that Europe could not rely on US support, but had to be ready to fight in Ukraine.

Several countries ready for war

About 20 heads of state and government attended the meeting, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Polish President Andzrej Duda. According to the latter, “opinions differ” on sending soldiers to Ukraine.

However, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico reveals that several NATO and EU countries are already considering sending their own troops to the war, but he would not comment on which countries are involved.

– I can confirm that there are countries that are ready to send their own troops to Ukraine, there are also countries like Slovakia that say ‘never’ and there are countries that say that this option must be considered.

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Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) says that sending Swedish soldiers to the war is “not relevant at the moment” – although it is not clear whether such an operation could be considered in the future.

– If a country wants to send troops elsewhere in the world, it does not affect NATO… France’s tradition is not the Swedish tradition, says Kristersson.