Frech President Macron: We do not rule out sending the ground army to Ukraine

Among those present at the meeting in Paris were German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Foreign Minister Lord Cameron, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

by Sededin Dedovic
Frech President Macron: We do not rule out sending the ground army to Ukraine
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French President Emmanuel Macron recently expressed significant views on the situation in Ukraine, pointing out that it is possible to consider sending ground troops to that country as part of the European response to the escalation of Russian military activity, the Guardian reported.

During a meeting in Paris, which brought together 20 European leaders, Macron stressed the need for a strong response to the advance of Russian forces in Ukraine. He confirmed again that this is currently the biggest problem facing Europe and it is necessary to act as soon as possible.

Although he pointed out that there is still no consensus on this step, support to Ukraine was openly discussed to ensure that Russia does not achieve its goals. This is the first time that the French president has expressed such drastic views.

"We must do everything we can to achieve our goal," said the French president. Macron emphasized that the situation in Ukraine has become serious, with Russia increasingly aggressively seeking to extend its influence to territories beyond its borders.

This meeting was an opportunity to clearly point out that Russia has become a greater threat not only to Ukraine, but also to many other countries. His statement resonated not only in European circles but also around the world.

It will be interesting to see how the Kremlin will react to such statements by Macron. "Russia's attitude has changed. That country seeks to occupy further territory and is looking not only at Ukraine, but also at many other countries, so that Russia represents a greater danger," Macron warned of the possibility of further aggression by Russia towards the countries of the European Union and NATO.

This is the first time there has been such an open discussion about nation states collectively looking at providing troops to support Ukraine's depleted military force. The meeting was attended by some of Europe's top leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Although the US and Canada had low-ranking officials, their presence symbolizes the support of the transatlantic alliance in dealing with this crisis.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron taking a walk on the river Elbe© Gregor Fischer / Getty Images

The emphasis of the meeting was on defining five key areas of action: cyber defense, production of military weapons and ammunition for Ukraine, protection of countries directly threatened by the Russian offensive, such as Moldova, strengthening of Ukraine's military protection along the border with Belarus, which is supported by Russia, and demining of Ukraine.

A new coalition was also announced that will increase long- and medium-range missile capabilities. Macron emphasized the importance of solving the situation in Ukraine not only for the sake of Ukraine itself, but also for the sake of peace and security in Europe.

He pointed out that Europe must not wait for the outcome of the American elections in order to act, but that it is up to it to take the necessary steps to protect its interests and the stability of the region. "We cannot wait for the outcome of the US election to decide what our future will be.

The future of Europe is at stake, so it is up to the Europeans to decide. If others want to join and help, fantastic," said Macron. This proves to us what disastrous results former President Donald Trump's statements have towards key NATO allies.

Speaking about support for Ukraine, Macron pointed out that European support is crucial, but that more efforts are needed to increase ammunition stocks and provide adequate support to the Ukrainian army. He also admitted that Europe has not fully fulfilled its promises regarding the provision of military support to Ukraine, but pointed out that there is room for improvement through bilateral and EU-level agreements.

Macron stressed that the goal is to ensure that Ukraine can negotiate peace and return to full territorial sovereignty. He pointed out that this is a key step towards achieving stability in the region and preventing further escalation of the conflict.

Then the French president still expressed optimism after dire warnings: "Russia cannot win this war. It is the only aggressor. It is the only country that started this war. Russia is now clearly affecting our own security through traditional and hybrid war." .

Nevertheless, Macron said that Europe is at war with the Kremlin and their regime, and not against the good and hospitable people of Russia. Macron's statements at this meeting represent an important step towards strengthening the European response to the crisis in Ukraine.

This meeting sent a definitively strong message about Europe's solidarity and readiness to act to protect its interests and the stability of the region. This is a crucial moment for Europe to show its determination and ability, because the Russian army has announced further offensives after the capture of Avdiivka, and very soon they could reach Kiev, which this time will be difficult to defend by the tired and exhausted Ukrainian fighters, but it could be one of the the biggest battles since World War II.

Increasingly in the last seven days, after the recent "victory" of Russia, you can hear in the Russian media that the army should advance further and "liberate" Ukraine.

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