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Pistorius responds to Macron's call not to be 'cowards' in aiding Ukraine

Pistorius responds to Macron's call not to be 'cowards' in aiding Ukraine German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The German Defense Minister, Boris Pistorius, has responded to the comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron regarding "cowards" in aiding Ukraine, according to Politico.

Pistorius replied that Macron's statements are counterproductive.

"We don't need really, from my perspective at least, talk about boots on the ground or having more courage or less courage," the German minister told reporters during a press conference with his Swedish colleague Paul Johnson.

Pistorius added that "this is something which does not really help solve the issues we have when it comes to helping Ukrainee."

Speaking to journalists during his visit to Prague, Macron later said that Germany was not the target of his comments but it was "necessary" to shake up France's allies.

"If we are passive … we run the risk of suffering, suffering setbacks on the field, suffering possible disappointments in theUS," he said.

What Macron said

French President Emmanuel Macron recently said that it's time for Ukraine's allies to step up, emphasizing that now is not the time to show cowardice.

Prior to this, on February 26, a working meeting of about 20 European leaders took place at the Élysée Palace in Paris. During the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out NATO deploying troops to assist Ukraine. According to him, the main problem is the lack of consensus on this issue.