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Macron Urges Europe to Not Be ‘Cowardly’, Suggests Sending Troops to Ukraine

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French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the need for Europe to show courage in the face of the Russian threat, clarifying that his suggestion of sending troops to Ukraine was aimed at sparking a debate rather than immediate action.

Despite widespread criticism of the idea, Macron stressed the importance of supporting Ukraine’s fight for shared values.

“I said that nothing was ruled out. Every word counts. Right now, Europeans must ask themselves whether their current strategy meets the declared goals. In my view, our democracies need a boost, they need a strategic awakening, because Russia, with its impunity, threatens the security of the European continent and its values,” Macron said.

While some European countries, like the Czech Republic, expressed openness to exploring new options, others, like Germany, emphasized the need for caution and practical solutions.

“We are opening a debate and thinking about everything that can be done to support Ukraine,” Macron said. “I have always made it clear about our framework: we are not at war against the Russian people and we refuse to enter into the logic of escalation. However, Ukrainians are fighting for our values, our security and our approach must meet this challenge.”

“We do not need discussions about having more or less courage,” German Defence Minister Boris Pistorious said, adding, “It doesn’t really help solve the problems”.

Macron also announced France’s support for a Czech initiative to purchase artillery shells from outside the EU to aid Ukraine, addressing the shortfall in EU deliveries.

“We have accelerated and increased our production in Europeans, and delivered available stocks. We must go beyond what we can produce and look to third countries for the remaining capacities to cope in the short term,” Macron said.

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