July 20, 2024

Kremlin Warns of Escalation If NATO Allies Send Troops

The Kremlin issued a stark warning on Tuesday, suggesting that a clash between Russia and NATO could become unavoidable if NATO countries decide to dispatch soldiers to Ukraine. This announcement followed French President Emmanuel Macron’s contemplation of such a move, although he acknowledged the lack of a consensus on the matter.

“The fact that the possibility of NATO members sending certain contingents to Ukraine is being discussed is a very important new element,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, stated.

“In that case, we would have to talk not about the possibility, but about the inevitability (of a direct conflict).”

In Ukraine, there’s a positive view of these discussions, with a high-ranking official praising the West’s consideration of military intervention as a recognition of the threat posed by Russia to Europe.

Despite the discussions, NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg confirmed there are no plans to send forces to Ukraine.

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary expressed their intentions to continue support through military aid and focus on humanitarian and economic support, rather than deploying combat troops.

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