Discussions on deployment of NATO troops in Ukraine should be stopped – Pistorius

Boris Pistorius
Boris Pistorius

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has called for an end to discussions about the possible deployment of NATO ground troops in Ukraine, reported FAZ on March 8.

“No one really wants (NATO) boots on the ground in Ukraine, and this is being discussed, so we must stop it at this stage,” Pistorius said.

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After a conference in support of Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine’s Western allies would form a coalition to provide the Ukrainian armed forces with long-range weapons, and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in the future should not be excluded from possible scenarios.

In response to Macron’s statements, a number of NATO countries publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine. Among them are Poland, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas did not reject the possibility of sending NATO troops, but clarified that they might send them only for training missions. General Onno Eichelsheim, Chief of Staff of the Dutch Army, said that “all options should be kept open.”

The AFP news agency quoted a source as saying that European NATO member states had been studying the possibility of sending NATO troops to Ukraine for weeks.

On Feb. 29, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal explained that French troops could participate in the war on the side of Ukraine to protect certain borders, take part in exercises or ground air defense. He stated that there will be no participation of French soldiers in battles “directly on the front line.”

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