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Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs on sending NATO troops to Ukraine: 'The day may come'

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs on sending NATO troops to Ukraine: 'The day may come' Photo: Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba (Getty Images)

While Ukraine has not asked for NATO troops to be deployed on its territory, the West must come to terms with the possibility that "the day may come", according to Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba.

After a shaky start, French President Emmanuel Macron has recently become more decisive, at least in his public comments, insisting that Europe does not rule out sending ground troops to Ukraine if necessary to prevent a Russian victory.

"We were pleased to see President Macron evolve in that direction," Kuleba stated.

He emphasized that while Ukraine has never asked for "European combat troops’ boots on the ground", EU leaders need to get used to the idea that "the day may come".

"I'm perfectly aware that Europeans are not used to the idea of war. But this is a carelessness Europeans simply cannot afford — neither for themselves nor their children. Ukraine can win. But if Ukraine loses, Putin will not stop," the minister emphasized.

Macron's initiative on sending troops to Ukraine

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the possibility of sending NATO troops to assist Ukraine. This caused a dispute among Ukraine's allies.

France later clarified that it was not about sending troops directly to take part in combat operations. Some NATO countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Canada, expressed readiness to consider such a possibility.

However, most countries did not support Macron's position. Moreover, according to Western media reports, Macron's unexpected statement further strained his relationship with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.