Italy closes off from France and Poland. ‘They cannot speak for NATO’

France and Poland cannot speak on behalf of NATO about sending troops to Ukraine, said Guido Crosetto, Italy’s defense minister.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in late February after a meeting of European leaders in Paris that there had been no decision on officially sending land troops to Ukraine, but he did not rule out such a possibility in the future.

– The most heated discussion concerned the issue of sending soldiers to Ukraine. There was no agreement on this issue. Opinions vary and such decisions absolutely do not exist, President Andrzej Duda, who took part in the talks, told journalists.

Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said on Friday during a parliamentary debate on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance that “the presence of NATO troops in Ukraine is not unthinkable.” – I appreciate the initiative of the French president, because it is about scaring Putin, and not us for Putin, said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sending NATO troops to Ukraine? Italy closes off from France and Poland

– France and Poland cannot speak on behalf of NATO, which did not formally and voluntarily intervene in the conflict from the start, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said in an interview for the newspaper La Stampa published on Sunday.

According to him, sending Western troops to Ukraine represents a step towards ‘unilateral escalation’. He added that NATO intervention would “obliterate the path” to a diplomatic end to the war.

Crosetto emphasized that Western countries continue to support Kiev. At the same time, he said, they should think about how to help Ukraine “regain freedom, territory and security” in another way, namely that “diplomatic channels should be activated with more force.”

After Macron’s words, Russia threatens war

According to the latest reports in the French press, Macron is prepared to send soldiers to Ukraine if the Russians approach Kiev or Odessa. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the arrival of Western troops in Ukraine would lead to direct conflict with Russia.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba believes that the French president’s words about the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine “everyone understands, but is afraid to talk about it.”

Source: Do Rzeczy