Ukraine: sending Western troops can’t “be ruled out”, admits Emmanuel Macron | EUROtoday

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LThe dialogue lasted nearly six hours. Gathered on the Élysée, 25 Western heads of state, or their representatives, participated in a convention on Monday February 26 to debate help for Ukraine, two years after the beginning of the conflict towards Russia. To start the convention, round 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel Macron known as for a crucial “start” from Kiev’s allies: “We are undoubtedly at a moment which requires a start from all of us” and “involves strong decisions” to “do more” , declared the President of the Republic.

In a message broadcast by the Élysée on X (previously Twitter), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky opened the convention. Thanking France and allied nations, he reaffirmed his want for Western assist, “to ensure that Putin cannot destroy what we have achieved and cannot extend his aggression to other countries.”

It was shortly after 11 p.m. that the convention ended. The head of state spoke at a press convention in entrance of tv cameras. “Russia has adopted aggressiveness not only against Ukraine, but against us in general,” declared the French president, who mentioned he heard “the president’s request [ukrainien] Zelensky to amplify our support.” “We are convinced that the defeat of Russia is essential for security and stability in Europe,” he admitted.

“Everything so that Russia does not win”

In this regard, Emmanuel Macron affirmed that the sending of Western troops sooner or later couldn’t “be excluded”, even when he certified by affirming “that there is no consensus today to send in an official manner, assumed and endorsed by the troops on the ground.” “We will do whatever it takes to ensure that Russia cannot win this war,” he said.

For this, he developed the “five categories of actions”, on which European officials agreed on Monday evening to invest: “Cyber-defense, co-production of arms and munitions in Ukraine, defense of countries directly threatened by Russia and in particular Moldova, the capacity to support Ukraine on its border with Belarus and mine clearance operations. » He also announced the creation of a “coalition” to provide “medium and long range missiles and bombs” to Ukraine.

READ ALSO War in Ukraine: what number of Ukrainian and Russian troopers died?Participants on the Ukraine summit additionally mentioned they supported the Czech initiative for the European Union to purchase munitions outdoors Europe. “The Czech initiative enjoys great support from several countries,” mentioned Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala after the assembly. Fifteen nations, in line with him, have been prepared to hitch this initiative.

100 million euros

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned his nation would contribute “more than 100 million euros” to the Czech plan. However, he refused to specify which nations outdoors Europe might be requested to provide these munitions.