Macron confirmed his previously stated intentions

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed his previously expressed intentions about the possible deployment of Western ground forces in Ukraine. In an interview with Le Parisien published on the evening of Saturday, March 16, he noted that “operations on the ground” may be necessary at some point “to counter Russian forces.” However, Macron stressed that he does not seek this and will not initiate such actions.

In late February, Macron first raised the possibility of Western ground troops in Ukraine, prompting objections from some allies, including the German government. The French government later clarified that the deployment of combat troops was not intended.

In an interview with Le Parisien, Macron noted that there are almost no disagreements between France and Germany on the issue of assistance to Ukraine. He explained the differences in the two countries’ approaches as a result of their “strategic culture.” Macron emphasized that France, with nuclear weapons and a strong professional army, has a completely different model in this regard.

In another context, Macron announced his intention to ask Russia to observe a ceasefire in Ukraine during the Summer Olympics in Paris. He stressed that this requirement is in line with the rules of the host country and the message of peace.

Regarding his visit to Ukraine, Macron confirmed his plans in the near future. In a conversation with the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, he emphasized the importance of this visit and announced the signing of a number of documents during it. However, due to security concerns, the visit was postponed after its initial announcement in January.


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