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NATO Countries Rule Out Macron’s Opinion: No NATO Troops In Ukraine!

Macron’s statement regarding a potential ground intervention with NATO troops in Ukraine was immediately slammed by the Alliance.

Macron had told reporters at a news conference that while he and the other 21 European leaders present disagreed on deploying military personnel, the prospect was discussed openly. “Nothing should be ruled out,” he said. “We will do anything we can to prevent Russia from winning this war,” cited by CNN.

Immediately, the EU leaders reacted. The first reaction came from the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

What was agreed upon among us and with each other from the very beginning also applies to the future, namely that there will be no ground troops or soldiers on Ukrainian soil sent there by European countries or NATO states.

Olaf Scholz on the possibility of NATO deploying ground troops to Ukraine

Many other countries, including the UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, reacted similarly and denied any possibility of sending ground troops to Ukraine.

Not only that but responding to Emmanuel Macron, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg denied that NATO countries were considering the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion: “No plans for NATO combat troops on the ground in Ukraine,” he said.

The US replied to Macron’s statements as well. “President Joe Biden has been clear that the US will not send troops to fight in Ukraine,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said. Also, State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller asked whether the United States could send troops for other purposes, such as training, and said the Biden administration opposed any deployment to Ukraine.

Yet, Macron’s statements still did something: they tested Russia’s reaction to such a scenario, and it was quick. They also tested NATO’s allies’ support for such a scenario, showing no consensus.

In conclusion to the events, NATO showed its limits – it’s mainly a political and only afterwards a military alliance. Politics has no single voice, and each member state can voice its opinions, precisely like in NATO.

And disregarding what some might expect from NATO, it will remain a democratic alliance where member states utter their opinion, vote and decide in the most democratic way possible.

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