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Polish FM: Macron's idea of Western troops in Ukraine is not unthinkable

Polish FM: Macron's idea of Western troops in Ukraine is not unthinkable Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radosław Sikorski ( JankaOchojska)

The idea of the presence of Western troops in Ukraine proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron shouldn't be dismissed, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radosław Sikorski, during a Polish Sejm conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Poland's NATO membership.

Commenting on Macron's words, Sikorski noted that a similar case had already occurred in history, specifically during the Korean War from 1950-1953 when a coalition of nations, at the decision of the UN Security Council, came to the aid of the country.

"Do you remember, at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) immediately after the invasion, more than 140 out of 190 countries voted to condemn the aggression as unacceptable? This is not just a press statement; it's the creation of a legal basis," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Sikorski stated that considering this precedent, "a coalition of UN member states to stop aggression is not something unthinkable."

"That's why I appreciate the recent French initiative. Because, in my opinion, it has good intentions, namely - to make the Russian president question what our next step will be, rather than being confident that we won't do anything creative, and therefore, he could plan his scenarios," said Sikorski.

He noted that on the side of the West, there should be the "ability for creatively defined and asymmetric escalation."

Macron's idea of sending troops

French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the possibility that NATO could deploy forces to assist Ukraine. According to him, the main problem lies in the current absence of consensus on this issue.

Several NATO countries have opposed this idea, including Germany, Czechia, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, and Italy.

However, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are willing to consider such a possibility.

In France, it has been explained that currently there is no question of sending ground forces to Ukraine. Macron considers such a possibility in the event of a Russian advance towards Kyiv or Odesa.