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War in Ukraine: why Emmanuel Macron is shaking up the taboo of ground troops

2024-02-27T19:33:01.133Z

Highlights: Emmanuel Macron broke a taboo by not excluding the sending of European soldiers to Ukraine. The hypothesis, until now, appeared as a red line, impassable among all. For one major reason: there is no question of risking escalation, direct confrontation, with Russia, a power equipped with nuclear weapons. Didn't President Joe Biden himself declare that sending NATO troops would be "World War III"? Subscribe Already subscribed? To log in, go to: http://www.dailymailonline.co.uk/news/article-269952/Emmanuel-Macron-breaks-taboo-sending-European-soldiers-to-Ukraine.


By not excluding the sending of European soldiers, the Head of State surprised... and offended his allies, who were reluctant, even hostile, to this idea.


Late, Monday February 26, while European leaders had left the Élysée Palace where they had participated in a conference in support of Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron broke a taboo.

Responding to a question from the press on a possible sending of Western troops on the ground, alongside Ukrainian fighters, the head of state replied that if "there is no consensus today to send official manner, assumed and endorsed by the troops on the ground

(…)

, dynamically, nothing must be excluded.”

The hypothesis, until now, appeared as a red line, impassable among all, for kyiv's European and American allies.

For one major reason: there is no question of risking escalation, direct confrontation, European soldiers against Russian soldiers, with Russia, a power equipped with nuclear weapons (

like France, the only nuclear power in the EU

).

Didn't President Joe Biden himself recently declare that sending NATO troops would be "World War III"?

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