Macron says sending Western troops on the ground in Ukraine 'not ruled out'

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that sending Western troops on the ground in Ukraine “can't be ruled out in the future” when the issue was discussed at a gathering if European leaders , as Russia. A full scale attack Grinds in the third year.

“We will do everything necessary so that Russia does not win the war,” the French leader told a meeting of 20 European heads of state and other Western officials in Paris.

“Today there is no consensus on sending troops on the ground in an official, approved manner. But in terms of dynamics, nothing can be ruled out,” Macron said at a news conference.

The meeting was attended by German Chancellor Olaf Schulz and Polish President Andrzej Duda, as well as the leaders of the Baltic countries.

Macron declined to provide details on which nations were considering sending troops, saying he preferred to maintain some “strategic ambiguity.”

Macron had previously called on European leaders to ensure the continent's “collective security” by providing unwavering support to Ukraine in the face of heavy Russian attacks on the battlefield in recent months.

“In recent months in particular, we've seen Russia get tougher,” Macron said. “We also know that Russia is preparing new attacks, specifically to influence public opinion in Ukraine.”

Macron cited the need to strengthen security to prevent future Russian attacks on additional countries. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, as well as the vast Poland, are considered potential targets of future Russian expansionism. All four countries are staunch supporters of Ukraine.

Estonia's foreign minister said earlier this month that NATO About three or four years To strengthen your defenses.

In a video speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the leaders gathered in Paris to “make sure that Putin cannot destroy our achievements and extend his aggression to other nations.”

The United States was represented at the Paris meeting by its top diplomat for Europe, James O'Brien, and the United Kingdom was represented by Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

European countries fear that the US will dial back aid to Kiev. Tampering with Congress. They also have concerns that former US President Donald Trump may return to the White House. Change the course of American policy. On the continent

The Paris Conference follows the recent signing by France, Germany and the United Kingdom. 10-year bilateral agreements To send a strong signal of long-term support for Ukraine as Kiev works to win Western support.


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Associated Press writer John Lester contributed to this report.


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