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Kremlin warns of conflict with NATO if alliance troops fight in Ukraine

On Tuesday, the Kremlin warned that sending troops from European NATO members to fight in Ukraine would inevitably lead to conflict with Russia. French President Emmanuel Macron suggested on Monday that European countries could potentially send troops to Ukraine, but acknowledged that there is currently no unanimous decision on this matter. I

Reuters WORLD
Published February 27,2024

The Kremlin warned on Tuesday that conflict between Russia and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance would become inevitable if European members of NATO sent troops to fight in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Monday to European nations sending troops to Ukraine, although he cautioned that there was no consensus on such a step at this stage as allies agreed to ramp up efforts to deliver more munitions to Kyiv.

"The very fact of discussing the possibility of sending certain contingents to Ukraine from NATO countries is a very important new element," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about Macron's remarks.

Asked by reporters what the risks of a direct Russia-NATO conflict would be if NATO members sent their troops to fight in Ukraine, Peskov said:

"In that case, we would need to talk not about the probability, but about the inevitability (of a direct conflict)."