French right-wing leader: We won't supply Ukraine with weapons against Russia

"Unlike the president [Emmanuel Macron], I am opposed to sending French troops and soldiers to Ukraine," he said.

by Sead Dedovic
French right-wing leader: We won't supply Ukraine with weapons against Russia
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Jordan Bardella (28), the leader of the far-right National Rally, is attracting huge attention with his statements regarding the war in Ukraine. Given that the war in Ukraine is still ongoing and considering the statements of Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, many expected similar policies to be promoted by other French politicians. 

However, it seems that is not the case. 

Bardella is a prime example of this. According to polls, his party RN is leading ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Bardella's statements regarding the war in Ukraine, where he emphasized that he does not intend to provide Kyiv with missiles to attack Russia, have provoked mixed reactions. Bardella does not want this war to escalate into something larger, being aware of the consequences that could arise.

"My position has not changed, and that is to support Ukraine by providing defense equipment, ammunition, operational logistical support and defensive weaponry to enable Ukraine to protect itself to hold the front," Bardella said, as quoted by Politico.

Bardella has no intention of sharing the same philosophy as President Macron and is against the French sending troops to Ukraine.

"Unlike the president [Emmanuel Macron], I am opposed to sending French troops and soldiers to Ukraine," he said.

President Emmanuel Macron of France and Joe Biden
President Emmanuel Macron of France and Joe Biden© Getty Images

Bardella has no intention of weakening France's voice on the global stage, as some have been concerned that if he comes to power, France may worsen relations with key allies and weaken its status in NATO. Bardella has emphasized that there should be no reason for concern, as he will not give up on strengthening the status of this country, which has been a leading force in Europe and the world for years.

"I don't intend to weaken France's voice and commitment on the international stage, and I'll be extremely respectful of that,"-he continued.

The leader of the French party firmly condemns the violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity, while being prepared to prevent the escalation of the war between his country and Russia. The greatest fear is the threat of nuclear weapons from Russia, given that this major European country could take actions that could seriously jeopardize security in Europe. Such a scenario would certainly not be in anyone's interest. Bardella advocates for an optimistic and cautious approach, believing that peace in the region can be maintained. It is clear that at this moment, courage is needed from individuals who can stand up to figures like Putin.

"While condemning the Kremlin's disregard for Ukraine's territorial integrity, I am firm in my commitment to preventing any escalation with Russia. As a nuclear power, Russia demands cautious diplomacy. My priority remains the restoration of peace and political stability in the region."- he continued.

"I want France to be able to continue its rearmament. My ambition is to ensure France's sovereignty and strategic autonomy, and I will continue the financial efforts set out in the military planning law," Bardella said.

The French legislature took an important step last summer by voting on a non-binding seven-year military planning law aimed at securing France's defense spending of $413 billion over the next six years. Bardella emphasized his desire to see a strong France in the future, especially in terms of its military aspect. At a time of danger in Europe from the actions of major powers, Bardella is prepared to be one of the key figures influencing peace in France and across Europe.

How can Jordan Bardella's views affect the future of Ukraine and Europe?

The question is how much influence these positions can truly have on peace and security in Europe. Leaders of major countries are using every moment to assist Ukraine, aware that if Russia achieves its goal in Ukraine, it could potentially set new objectives and continue aggression towards other countries. Despite the Russian leadership denying such intentions, leaders of major countries are not optimistic about Putin's sincerity. 

His sudden moves, like the invasion of Ukraine, raise questions about what steps Putin is willing to take. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, has warned multiple times about the danger posed by Russia, expecting that if they conquer Ukraine, the next target could be neighboring countries, and who knows how far Putin might go. Of course, we do not wish to speculate on the intentions of the Russian president without knowing what will happen, but it is certainly a period and time for caution.

Bardella could potentially be one of the main factors for peace in Europe and Ukraine in the future, so it is essential that he carefully considers the moves he will make and what needs to be done to achieve peace in this part of Europe.

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