Inevitable Conflict Predicted

Inevitable Conflict Predicted

The United States along with several key European allies, made it clear on Tuesday that they currently have no plans to deploy troops in Ukraine. This announcement comes in the wake of France suggesting the possibility of such an action and the stern warning from Kremlin stating that such an act would lead to an inevitable conflict between Russia and NATO.

Adrienne Watson, the spokeswoman for the US National Security Council, reiterated President Biden’s firm stance on this issue. She explicitly stated that the US has no intentions of sending its troops to participate in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Simultaneously, French President Emmanuel Macron, while addressing a rally in Paris on Monday, expressed that Western allies should not outrightly dismiss the possibility of preventing a Russian victory in Ukraine. However, he did emphasize that there is no unified agreement on this matter yet.

Various other European nations including Germany, Britain, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic, have publicly distanced themselves from any suggestions hinting at their potential involvement in the Ukrainian conflict by sending their troops, which is currently in its third year.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on Tuesday, categorically stated that neither European nor NATO countries plan on deploying ground troops or soldiers on Ukrainian soil. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius echoed these sentiments during his visit to Vienna, where he told reporters that sending ground troops to Ukraine is not a viable option for Germany.

The White House later reinforced its stance on the issue, stating that it had no intentions of deploying ground troops and instead urged US lawmakers to pass a bill ensuring that Ukraine’s military receives the necessary weapons and ammunition.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne revealed on Tuesday that President Macron is contemplating the possibility of sending troops for specialized tasks such as demining, weapons production, and cyber security. He noted that this might necessitate a military presence on Ukrainian territory without necessarily crossing the threshold of active combat.

Scholz further added that after Monday’s meeting, European leaders seem prepared to procure weapons from third countries to expedite aid to Ukraine.

The Kremlin, however, cautioned the West about the potential repercussions of sending troops to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked to comment on Macron’s statement, highlighted that the ongoing discussions about NATO members potentially deploying troops to Ukraine marked a significant new development. He further warned that such an action would inevitably lead to a direct conflict between Russia and NATO.

A senior Ukrainian official, however, welcomed these discussions, stating that such talks about direct military intervention in Ukraine are a positive development. Mihajlo Podoljak, an adviser to the president, stated that these discussions demonstrate a clear understanding of the threats posed by Russia’s aggressive tactics towards Europe.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also reiterated that NATO currently does not have any plans to send its forces to Ukraine.

Furthermore, Czech and Polish Prime Ministers Petr Fiala and Donald Tusk along with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto all stated that their countries are not considering deploying their troops to Ukraine. Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, on the other hand, mentioned that Lithuania is not fundamentally against the idea of deploying ground forces in Ukraine. He added that Lithuania could potentially send its troops to Ukraine to assist in training soldiers, but would not participate in any combat operations against Russian forces.