Russia Relishes NATO’s Disarray After Talk of Ground Troops in Ukraine

( – Russia is currently enjoying the secondhand embarrassment of France after French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that NATO discussed sending Western troops to Ukraine as ground troops.

Macron’s suggestion was publicly rejected by NATO members including the United States, Germany, the U.K., Spain, and Poland. The Kremlin responded quickly saying that if Western troops were sent in it would be an “inevitable conflict” between NATO and Russia. Since this remark, Russian news sources have run with the information and found it entertaining to recognize the difference in relations between NATO and Macron.

Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said that his “loud statements … horrified the residents of his country and the leaders of a number of European states.”

“To maintain personal power, Macron came up with nothing better than to spark a third world war. His initiatives are becoming dangerous for French citizens,” he continued.

Many stated that Macron’s statements were embarrassing to France. “There is no consensus today to officially, openly, and with endorsement, send troops on the ground. But in terms of dynamics, nothing should be ruled out,” Macron said. He continued saying that they (allies) “will do everything necessary to ensure that Russia cannot win this war.”

The French Foreign minister spoke out saying that they could send ground troops that were not involved in actual fighting, but rather helping on the mainland some other way such as taking non-combat roles. “Some of its actions could require a presence on Ukrainian territory, without crossing the threshold of fighting. Nothing should be ruled out. This was and still is the position today of the president of the Republic,” he said.

Many other NATO parties distanced themselves from France and tried making it clear that they were not in agreement with what France was suggesting. John Kirby of the U.S. National Security Council said, “…Biden has been crystal clear since the beginning of this conflict. There’ll be no U.S. troops on the ground in a combat role there. In Ukraine.”

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