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News about NATO

The UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden all spoke up on Tuesday against French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Western troops could be deployed to Ukraine. 

While there was no consensus about sending ground forces, Macron said on Monday following a pro-Ukraine summit in Paris that “in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything” in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev. 

French President Emmanuel Macron's statement on the possibility of sending troops from European NATO member states to Ukraine may lead to an increased outflow of capital from Europe, primarily to the US, a source in financial circles of Brussels told TASS.

"This is a signal about the increased risk of long-term investments in the European economy, and it will contribute to further capital outflow from Europe. First of all to the US," the source said.

As Paris hosted a meeting where members of the EU and NATO discussed the situation in Ukraine, announcing new measures to deliver munitions to the Kiev regime, French President Emmanuel Macron said that sending Western ground troops to Ukraine is a possible option.

French lawmakers have been swift to respond to recent remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron on not ruling out sending Western ground forces to Ukraine.

Western countries will “neutralize” Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow seriously endangers NATO’s security, Lithuania’s ambassador to Sweden Linas Linkevicius has said.

Writing on X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday, Linkevicius who previously served as Lithuania’s defense and foreign minister, claimed that the Baltic Sea had become NATO’s internal space after Sweden “was integrated” into the alliance.

The potential deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine will lead to a “catastrophic scenario,” and could be interpreted as a “declaration of war” on Moscow, top Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev has said.

Macron went on to say that several NATO countries have chosen to INDIVIDUALLY sign "Security Agreements" with Ukraine, and then he dropped a rhetorical bombshell by announcing some NATO countries may choose send their own troops into Ukraine to join the fight.

The implications of such a move are staggering, and the reactions from Russia are just as staggering.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the alliance has no plans to send combat troops to Ukraine after French President Emmanuel Macron stirred an uproar by saying the idea of deploying troops should not be ruled out.

Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico warned on Monday that some NATO and EU countries are considering sending troops to Ukraine, a step that would risk direct war between NATO and Russia.

"Several NATO and EU member states are considering sending their soldiers to Ukraine on a bilateral basis," said Fico, who was elected last year on a platform of opposing the proxy war in Ukraine.

Sweden cleared its last hurdle to join NATO on Monday as Hungary’s parliament ratified its membership.

“The parliaments of all Nato member states have now voted in favor of Swedish accession to NATO. Sweden stands ready to shoulder its responsibility for Euro-Atlantic security,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said after the vote.

Sweden will formally join NATO once it submits its instrument of accession with the US government.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that deployments of troops to Ukraine by NATO members and other allies cannot be ruled out because Western powers must stop at nothing to ensure that Russia does not defeat Kiev’s forces.

“There’s no consensus today to send, in an official manner, troops on the ground,” Macron told reporters after hosting a meeting of European leaders on Monday in Paris. “But in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything. We will do everything necessary to prevent Russia from winning this war.”