US not planning to send troops to Ukraine, despite what other Democratic leaders say – White House

Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller

Despite what senior members of his own party have publicly suggested, the U.S. is not planning to send American troops to Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller confirmed at a May 6 briefing.

U.S. President Joe Biden "made it clear" that he will not send U.S. troops to Ukraine.

"I am not going to comment on statements made by members of Congress," Miller said.

"The president has made it clear that he will not send American troops to fight in Ukraine."

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If Ukraine loses the war against Russia, the United States will probably have to intervene in the conflict not only with money but also with troops, Democratic House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries said earlier.

Possible deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine

After a conference on supporting Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's Western allies would create a coalition to provide Ukrainian Armed Forces with long-range weapons, and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in future should not be ruled out.

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Responding to Macron's statements, Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the United Kingdom rejected the idea.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas kept open the possibility of sending troops, but clarified that they would only be for training missions.

Dutch Army General Staff Chief, General Onno Eichelsheim, said that “all options should remain open.

European NATO states have been studying the possibility of sending NATO troops to Ukraine for weeks, AFP reported.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal explained on Feb. 29 that French troops could participate in the war on the side of Ukraine to protect certain borders, take part in exercises, or support ground air defense. He dismissed the possibility of French soldiers participating “directly on the frontline.”

Read also: Britain and France urge increased support from partners to aid Ukraine against Putin

NATO foreign ministers agreed to create a special NATO mission to increase support for Ukraine on April 4, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said.

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