Tensions Rise Over Western Military Strategies in Ukraine

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.06 - 2024 7:50 AM CET

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The Italian Defense Minister rejected the proposal made by the French President.

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Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto has firmly reiterated Italy's stance against sending troops to Ukraine, countering French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion that Western allies might consider such a deployment.

In an interview with Corriere della Sera this weekend, Crosetto criticized Macron's openness to deploying Western troops in Ukraine.

According to Crosetto, discussing the possibility of introducing Western troops into Ukraine "increases the tension" rather than contributing to a resolution.

"Our position remains unchanged: we have always said that Ukraine should be helped in all possible ways, and we are doing it. But we have also always ruled out direct military intervention involving our troops," Crosetto affirmed.

This stance aligns with Rome's initial reaction to Macron's statements in early March, maintaining a consistent policy against direct military involvement.

Meanwhile, the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry has supported Macron's approach, suggesting that the Kremlin should be kept uncertain about Western actions under various scenarios.

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