Macron doubles down on possible NATO deployment in Ukraine ahead of talks to bridge rift with Germany

March 15, 2024

A photo of a television screen shows French President Emmanuel Macron during a televised address to the nation, made from the Elysee Palace, after signing into law a pensions reform, in Paris, on April 17, 2023. French President Emmanuel Macron has doubled down on the possibility of sending troops into Ukraine, a day before a key summit with Germany, which is staunchly opposed to the idea. The latest statements by Macron once again risk pitting him against NATO allies, who in February distanced themselves from the possibility of their own national military deployment in Ukraine. Now we need to show the political will to do so," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stressed during a press briefing. Foreign volunteers have assisted both Russia and Ukraine in the war so far, but not as part of any formal military deployment.