NATO Allies Firm on No Troop Deployment to Ukraine Amid Kremlin’s Warning of Escalation
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

NATO allies, including European military powerhouses Germany and Poland, have confirmed their stance against sending troops to Ukraine as the conflict with Russia enters its third year. The announcement follows reports suggesting that some Western nations were contemplating military intervention in Ukraine.

The head of NATO asserted that the US-led military alliance has no plans to deploy troops to Ukraine, a sentiment echoed by central European leaders who clarified their commitment to abstain from providing soldiers for the conflict.

However, the Kremlin issued a stern warning, asserting that a direct conflict between NATO and Russia would become inevitable if the alliance proceeds with sending combat troops.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, “In this case, we need to talk not about probability, but about the inevitability [of conflict].”

The warning from Moscow comes on the heels of French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that the deployment of Western ground troops should not be ruled out in the future. President Macron made this statement after hosting a conference of top officials from over 20 Western backers of Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz contradicted Macron’s stance, affirming that there is a consensus among participants that no ground troops would be sent to Ukraine by European or NATO states. Scholz emphasized that soldiers from these countries would not actively participate in the war.

With Macron facing criticism in France and appearing increasingly isolated, the French government sought to clarify his comments. French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu clarified that discussions at the conference centered on de-mining and military training operations in Ukraine, away from the front lines, rather than sending troops to wage war against Russia.

The idea of sending troops has been met with reservations, particularly as NATO aims to avoid being drawn into a wider war with nuclear-armed Russia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that while NATO allies provide unprecedented support to Ukraine, there are no plans for NATO combat troops on the ground.

Despite ruling out NATO military action, Stoltenberg highlighted that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression, blatantly violating international law. The ongoing conflict has spurred concerns among European nations about the potential reduction of US support and the possibility of a change in US policy, especially with fears of the return of former President Donald Trump.

In a strategic move, Macron announced the launch of a new coalition to deliver medium and long-range missiles, underlining the complex geopolitical landscape surrounding the conflict in Ukraine.

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