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Macron plans to send troops to Odesa next year, Le Monde

Macron plans to send troops to Odesa next year, Le Monde President of France Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

French President Emmanuel Macron contemplated sending troops to Odesa within the next year, according to Le Monde.

According to the material, on February 21 of this year, Macron stated that due to the tense situation in Russia's war against Ukraine, France would have to send troops to Ukraine.

"In any case, within the next year, I will have to send some of my people to Odesa," said the French leader.

On February 26, Macron responded to questions from the Elysee Palace about the possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine.

"Nothing can be ruled out as a matter of course," the president replied.

Sending foreign troops to Ukraine

At the end of February, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out that NATO could deploy troops to assist Ukraine. However, there was no consensus at the time.

Later, Macron clarified that French troops could head to Ukraine in the event of a renewed Russian advance on 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.

Kaja Kallas supported Macron's idea, stating that the readiness to send troops to Ukraine is a signal to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.