NewsMacron's stance on NATO troops in Ukraine risks sparking global conflict

Macron's stance on NATO troops in Ukraine risks sparking global conflict

France's President Emmanuel Macron gestures during the inauguration ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic village in Saint-Denis, northern Paris, France, 29 February 2024. The village, constructed on a 52-hectare site is located on a cluster of former industrial wastelands with the centerpiece being the Cite du Cinema. EPA/LUDOVIC MARIN / POOL MAXPPP OUT Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
France's President Emmanuel Macron gestures during the inauguration ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic village in Saint-Denis, northern Paris, France, 29 February 2024. The village, constructed on a 52-hectare site is located on a cluster of former industrial wastelands with the centerpiece being the Cite du Cinema. EPA/LUDOVIC MARIN / POOL MAXPPP OUT Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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9:06 PM EST, February 29, 2024

The subject of deploying Western troops in Ukraine emerged during a summit in Paris, attended by top officials from more than 20 countries, centering on augmenting support for Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned not ruling out the possibility of sending Western ground forces to Ukraine in the future.

General Skrzypczak, responding to President Macron's remarks, labeled such a scenario as highly adverse. He reiterated, "The entry of any NATO member into Ukraine will likely lead to a full-scale conflict and the outbreak of World War III."

The General also expressed astonishment that this sensitive topic, discussed behind closed doors among leaders, was made public. He believes that without any concrete commitments, such discussions should not be disclosed, especially given the current global situation's sensitivity.
While acknowledging the significance of the war in Ukraine, Skrzypczak argued against military involvement, citing the escalating challenges on the front. He noted Ukraine's dwindling fighting capacity due to a lack of mobilization and added that Western assistance, including ammunition, might not arrive for another six months. Moreover, he highlighted the strategic advantage held by Russian forces, pointing to the Ukrainian army's severely depleted resources.

Discussions on Western military presence in Ukraine

On Tuesday, the U.S. administration and Jens Stoltenberg clarified that neither the United States nor NATO intends to deploy troops to Ukraine.

Echoing this stance, the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Poland confirmed their countries' reluctance to send forces to Ukraine. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala emphasized the importance of continuing cooperative efforts initiated after the onset of Russian aggression, aiming to enable Ukraine to defend itself against these hostilities and prevent the achievement of Vladimir Putin's objectives. The Polish Prime Minister stated that Poland does not foresee dispatching its military personnel to Ukrainian territory.

Source: PAP/WP News
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