Polish Foreign Minister supports Macron's strengthening stance on Ukraine

Radosław Sikorski
Radosław Sikorski

The recent suggestion by French President Emmanuel Macron that the West may eventually deploy troops to Ukraine should be kept as on option to consider, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said on March 8.

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Speaking at the Polish parliament on the 25th anniversary of Poland's NATO membership, Sikorski noted that the Korean War has set a precedent for an international coalition sending forces into the conflict following a UN Security Council resolution.

“Remember, immediately after the [Russian] invasion [in 2022], at the United Nations General Assembly, over 140 countries out of 190 voted to denounce the aggression as unacceptable,” said Sikorski.

“This is not merely a statement for the press; it establishes a certain legal basis.”

The minister added that Western troops in Ukraine could aid in halting Russian aggression rather than cause an escalation.

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“That's why I value the recent French initiative,” he said.

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“In my opinion, it has a noble intent—to make the Russian president [Vladimir Putin] question what our next move might be, instead of him being certain that we won't do anything creative, allowing him to plan his next moves.”

After a conference in support of Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, 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 is not off the table.

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In response to Macron's statements, several NATO countries publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine, including Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas did not reject the possibility of sending troops but clarified that they will send them only for training missions. General Onno Eichelsheim, Chief of the General Staff of the Dutch Army, said that "all options should be left open."

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