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France creates alliance of countries ready to send troops to Ukraine

France creates alliance of countries ready to send troops to Ukraine Stephane Sejourne, French Foreign Minister (photo: Getty Images)

France is assembling an alliance of countries that are open to sending Western troops to Ukraine.

On Friday, March 8, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne arrived in Lithuania to meet with his Baltic counterparts and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

"It is not for Russia to tell us how we should help Ukraine in the coming months or years. So we decide it among us," the French minister emphasized after the meeting.

According to Politico, the ministers discussed the possibility of foreign troops helping to clear Ukrainian territory of mines. Sejourne has repeatedly referred to demining operations as a "possibility," noting that this could mean the presence of certain personnel in Ukraine, but not participation in the war.

Macron's idea of troops in Ukraine

In late February, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out sending Western troops to help Ukraine. The main problem, he said, is that there is currently no consensus in NATO on this issue.

A few days ago, the French president explained the conditions under which he is ready to send French troops to Ukraine.

Several NATO countries opposed sending troops to Ukraine, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, and Italy. But some countries are ready to consider such a possibility, such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Canada, which is also a NATO member, has stated that it is ready to send troops to Ukraine, but only to train Ukrainian defenders in areas far from the front.