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Emmanuel Macron during the conference in support of Ukraine with European leaders, at the Elysée, in Paris, February 26, 2024.

Once once more, Emmanuel Macron's statements have sparked a world outcry. Twenty months after suggesting “do not humiliate” Russia, right here is the French president accused of opening an premature debate on the potential sending of allied troops to Ukraine, with the intention to defend it in opposition to assaults from the Kremlin.

On this topic, “nothing should be excluded”stated Mr. Macron, on the finish of the convention he had simply chaired on Monday on the Elysée, with the purpose of “more and better” in help of kyiv. “A lot of people who say 'Never, never' today were the same people who said 'Never tanks, never planes, never long-range missiles' two years ago.”the top of state argued.

The suggestion rapidly aroused robust reactions, even some consternation. In Washington, John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, was categorical: “There will be no American troops on Ukrainian territory. » “The UK has no plans to deploy troops widely in Ukraine” past “of the few” of British personnel already within the nation to ” to assist “ the Ukrainian armed forces, added Downing Street, the place the problem just isn’t completely taboo.

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Even the individuals within the Paris convention sought to distance themselves from the “option” mentioned Monday night on the initiative of the French president. Starting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “What was decided between us from the beginning [de la guerre] continues to be valid for the future. There will be no troops on the ground, no soldiers sent either by European states or by NATO states on Ukrainian territory., declared the social democratic leader, on the sidelines of a trip to Friborg (Switzerland). The Finnish President, Sauli Niinistö, also present at the Elysée on Monday evening, declared to the Finnish public television channel Yle that“There was general consensus that there should be no military presence. This was also Finland's position..

“This war has no military solution”

Quick to tear themselves aside over the warfare in Ukraine, the 4 leaders of the Visegrad group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia), assembly in Prague on Tuesday, have been unanimous with reference to Emmanuel Macron's remarks. None of the 4 nations “does not plan” to deploy troopers in Ukraine, they repeated one after the opposite. “I believe that we should not speculate today on the future, nor on the question of whether there will be circumstances which will modify this position”stated Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, certainly one of Ukraine's predominant supporters inside the EU. “This war has no military solution”, repeated the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who has refused to ship weapons because the begin of the warfare. Also hostile to any armed help, the Slovakian Robert Fico took the chance to repeat that he rejected the sending of troopers “on principle”.

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