UK dismisses Macron’s name to ship Nato troops to Ukraine

The UK has rejected a proposed plan by France to ship Nato troops to Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Monday (26 February) at assembly of European leaders in Paris a number of EU and Nato international locations have been contemplating sending troops to the battle.

The French president stated boots on the bottom ought to “not be dominated out” as he urged the West to do “every thing wanted so Russia can not win the struggle”.

His feedback got here amid battlefield beneficial properties by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces in japanese Ukraine in addition to rising shortages of ammunition and manpower on the Ukrainian facet.

In response to his remarks, the UK together with the US and key European allies at present dominated out the potential for sending Nato forces to the battle.

The Kremlin additionally warned that any such transfer would inevitably result in battle between Russia and NATO.

Tobias Ellwood, the previous chairman of the Commons defence committee, stated: “The concept that you place boots on the bottom, which is so totemic and so symbolic, however is totally pointless rattling of Putin when there are different methods to check his long-term dedication to seeing this via.”

Germany, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic all additionally distanced themselves from any suggestion they could commit floor troops to the Ukraine struggle, now in its third yr.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated: “There can be no floor troops, no troopers on Ukrainian soil despatched there by European international locations or NATO states.”

The White Home later reiterated that it too had no plan to ship floor troops, as an alternative urging US. lawmakers to approve a stalled safety assist invoice that will guarantee Ukrainian troops acquired the weapons and ammunition wanted to proceed their combat.

Looking for to make clear Macron’s remarks, French International Minister Stephane Sejourne stated the president had in thoughts sending troops for particular duties akin to serving to on mine clearance, manufacturing of weapons on website, and cyberdefence.

“(This) might require a (navy) presence on Ukrainian territory, with out crossing the edge of combating,” Sejourne instructed French lawmakers.

Scholz did say that European leaders now appeared keen after Monday’s talks to obtain weapons from international locations exterior Europe as a approach of dashing up navy assist to Ukraine.

Germany has change into the second largest provider of navy assist to Kyiv since Russia launched its full-blown invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, however is extraordinarily cautious of steps that will draw the NATO alliance into direct battle with Russia.

Commenting on Mr Macron’s remarks, a spokesman for the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov stated: “The actual fact of discussing the potential for sending sure contingents to Ukraine from NATO international locations is an important new ingredient.”

Requested concerning the dangers if NATO members did deploy troops to combat in Ukraine, Peskov stated: “In that case, we would wish to speak not concerning the likelihood, however concerning the inevitability (of a direct battle).”

A senior Ukrainian official welcomed Mr Macron’s determination to lift the potential for sending Western troops to his nation.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated: “This reveals, firstly, an absolute consciousness of the dangers posed to Europe by a militaristic, aggressive Russia.”

Further reporting by Reuters.

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