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NATO partners won’t send troops to Ukraine amid Russia’s criticism of Macron; focus on diplomacy.

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NATO partners won’t send troops to Ukraine amid Russia’s criticism of Macron; focus on diplomacy.

US and EU Rule Out Sending Ground Troops to Ukraine

France Hints at Ground Troops, But Allies Dismiss Idea

France’s suggestion of possible ground troop deployment in Ukraine faced swift rejection from the United States and key European allies. The Kremlin warned of inevitable conflict if such a move were to materialize. President Macron’s call for all options to prevent a Russian victory in Ukraine lacked consensus among European leaders.

European Allies Distance Themselves from Ground Troops

Despite Macron’s statements, countries like Germany, Britain, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic made it clear they would not send ground troops to Ukraine. German Chancellor Scholz and Defence Minister Pistorius emphasized the absence of European or NATO soldiers on Ukrainian soil.

Focus on Military Aid and Support, Not Troop Deployment

The White House affirmed its stance against ground troops, instead urging approval of a security aid bill to provide necessary weapons and ammunition to Ukrainian forces. Macron’s remarks were clarified by French Foreign Minister Sejourne, highlighting specific tasks for troop involvement without direct combat.

Weapons Procurement and Support for Ukraine

European leaders are considering sourcing weapons from non-European countries to expedite military aid to Ukraine. Germany, a significant military aid provider to Kyiv, aims to support without escalating direct conflict with Russia. The Czech Republic and other nations plan to finance ammunition purchases for Ukraine.

Russian Response and Concerns

The Kremlin expressed concerns over NATO troop discussions, warning of potential conflict and emphasizing the sensitivity of deploying troops to ex-Soviet territories. The risk of a direct conflict between Russia and NATO, with the world’s largest nuclear arsenals, remains a serious concern.

Ukrainian President’s Plea for Support

President Zelenskiy intensifies efforts to secure artillery shells and advanced weaponry amid Republican resistance in the U.S. European nations collaborate to expedite military aid to Ukraine, recognizing the threat posed by Russia’s aggression.