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Macron announces renewed Western rhetoric on support for Ukraine

Macron announces renewed Western rhetoric on support for Ukraine President of France Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

President of France Emmanuel Macron stated that partner countries and allies would now focus on the necessary intensity of assistance to Ukraine rather than just its duration, according to Le Monde

According to the French president at the European Union summit in Brussels, Western countries will intensively assist Ukraine against the backdrop of ongoing Russian strikes and attacks.

"We no longer say that we will simply support Ukraine for as long as necessary. We officially say that we will support it as intensively as necessary," Macron emphasized.

Macron's statements regarding sending troops to Ukraine

At the end of February, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the possibility that Western countries could deploy troops to assist Ukraine. However, he said there was no consensus on this issue.

Later, the French leader clarified that his country could send its military to Ukraine if Russia resumed its offensive against Kyiv or Odesa.

Several NATO countries opposed this idea, including Germany, Czechia, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, and Italy. However, there are countries willing to consider such a possibility, including Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

On March 14, Macron again made a statement about French troops in Ukraine, emphasizing that such an option is not ruled out. Additionally, on March 16, in an interview for Ukrainian media, the French president assured that amidst the ongoing military aggression by Russia and his initiatives regarding the potential deployment of Western troops to Ukraine, he seeks to avoid escalation.