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Red lines are blurring: military expert Zgurets on possible deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine

1 March, 2024 Friday
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Defense Express CEO Serhiy Zgurets believes that Macron's discussion has raised the prospects that Ukraine's defense can be implemented on a larger scale

He shared his opinions with Espreso TV.

"Putin believed that he could draw some red lines, but these lines are actually blurring further and further, they practically do not exist anymore. Regarding the possibility of deploying NATO contingents to the territory of Ukraine in the future, we are talking about specific tasks that do not necessarily involve the use of military personnel on the contact line. But demining, control, interaction in cyber areas, all this may well be possible," explained Zgurets.

According to the military expert, Macron's discussion really raised the prospects that Ukraine's defense can be realized on many larger levels.

"And Putin is again trying to draw conventional lines, using the most resonant arguments - the use or threat of nuclear weapons. But the Chinese and Americans have made it clear to Putin that the use of tactical nuclear weapons is not a direction that Russia can rely on," Zgurets emphasized.

  • On February 26, about 20 European leaders met in Paris to discuss the threats posed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed them.
  • After the conference, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that sending Western ground troops to fight Russian aggression should not be ruled out in the future.
  • Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico confirmed that some NATO and EU member states are allegedly discussing the possibility of sending their troops to Ukraine after signing bilateral agreements with Kyiv.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the leaders of the Alliance stated that no general decision had been made to send troops to Ukraine, while Russia called such a move a declaration of war.
  • Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that Western leaders should not rule out the possibility of sending ground troops to Ukraine.
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