French troops restricted to non-combat position, minister says, after Macron remarks on Ukraine | EUROtoday

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France’s overseas minister on Tuesday sought to make clear feedback made by President Emmanuel Macron that Paris might ship troops to Ukraine for particular wants, however to not battle within the conflict towards Russia.

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“We must consider new actions to support Ukraine. These must respond to very specific needs, I am thinking in particular of mine clearance, cyberdefence, the production of weapons on site, on Ukrainian territory,” Stephane Sejourne advised lawmakers.

“Some of its actions could require a presence on Ukrainian territory, without crossing the threshold of fighting. Nothing should be ruled out. This was and still is the position today of the president of the Republic.”

Macron on Monday didn’t rule out European nations sending troops to Ukraine, however cautioned that there was no consensus at this stage as allies agreed to strive more durable to get munitions to Kyiv quicker.

French diplomats mentioned Macron’s thought was to stoke debate on the problem, however there have been no concrete plans in that course.

That has provoked a string of responses from allies saying they’d no intention of sending troops to Ukraine.