Macron Says Putting Western Troops On The Ground In Ukraine Can't Be 'Ruled Out' | EUROtoday

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PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron stated Monday that sending Western troops on the bottom in Ukraine shouldn’t be “ruled out” sooner or later after the problem was debated at a gathering of European leaders in Paris, as Russia's full-scale invasion grinds into a 3rd yr.

The French chief stated that “we will do everything needed so Russia cannot win the war” after the assembly of over 20 European heads of state and authorities and different Western officers.

“There's no consensus today to send in an official, endorsed manner troops on the ground. But in terms of dynamics, nothing can be ruled out,” Macron stated in a information convention on the Elysee presidential palace.

Macron declined to offer particulars about which nations have been contemplating sending troops, saying he prefers to take care of some “strategic ambiguity.”

The assembly included German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Poland's President Andrzej Duda in addition to leaders from the Baltic nations. The United States was represented by its prime diplomat for Europe, James O'Brien, and the UK by Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

Duda stated probably the most heated dialogue was about whether or not to ship troops to Ukraine and “there was no agreement on the matter. Opinions differ here, but there are no such decisions.”

Poland's president stated he hopes that “in the nearest future, we will jointly be able to prepare substantial shipments of ammunition to Ukraine. This is most important now. This is something that Ukraine really needs.”

Macron earlier known as on European leaders to make sure the continent's “collective security” by offering unwavering assist to Ukraine within the face of more durable Russian offensives on the battlefield in current months.

“In recent months particularly, we have seen Russia getting tougher,” Macron stated.

Macron cited the necessity to solidify safety to go off any Russian assaults on extra nations sooner or later. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in addition to a lot bigger Poland have been thought of amongst doable targets of future Russian expansionism. All 4 nations are staunch supporters of Ukraine.

Estonia's overseas minister stated earlier this month that NATO has about three or 4 years to strengthen its defenses.

In video speech, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as on the leaders gathered in Paris to “ensure that Putin cannot destroy our achievements and cannot expand his aggression to other nations.”

Several European nations, together with France, expressed their assist for an initiative launched by the Czech Republic to purchase ammunition and shells exterior the EU, members on the assembly stated.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte stated his nation determined to offer over 100 million euros for that goal.

In addition, a brand new coalition is to be launched to additional “mobilize” nations with capabilities to ship medium and long-range missiles, Macron stated, as France introduced final month the supply of 40 extra long-range Scalp cruise missiles.

European nations are fearful that the US will dial again assist as support for Kyiv is teetering in Congress. They even have issues that former US President Donald Trump would possibly return to the White House and alter the course of US coverage on the continent.

The Paris convention comes after France, Germany and the UK not too long ago signed 10-year bilateral agreements with Ukraine to ship a powerful sign of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western assist.

Associated Press journalists John Leicester and Jeffrey Schaeffer in Paris Monika Scislowska in Warsaw contributed to this report.

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