Spain Opposes Deployment of EU Troops to Ukraine

Tue Feb 27 2024
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MADRID: Spain has firmly stated its opposition to the deployment of European troops in Ukraine, aligning with its stance against direct military intervention in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Government spokeswoman Pilar Alegria reiterated Spain’s position, stating, “As to whether we are in favor of deploying European troops to Ukraine, we have already made our position clear and we do not agree.” Alegria emphasized the importance of prioritizing the delivery of military equipment to Kyiv, underscoring that “unity” among European nations remained the most potent weapon against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Macron Refuses to Rule Out Sending Troops to Ukraine

The statement from Spain comes in response to recent remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron, who ignited controversy by refusing to rule out the possibility of sending Western ground troops to Ukraine. Macron’s comments, made on Monday, sparked debates across Europe regarding the potential for direct military involvement in the conflict.

While Macron emphasized the need to prevent Russia from achieving victory in the war, he acknowledged that there was currently no consensus among European leaders to deploy ground troops. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed similar sentiments earlier, rejecting the idea of European or NATO countries sending troops to Ukraine.

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