France says 'nothing ruled out' to thwart Russia in Ukraine

France says
# 27 February 2024 13:16 (UTC +04:00)

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said Tuesday that nothing was off the table in Western efforts to prevent a Russian victory in Ukraine, APA reports citing Barron's.

Speaking a day after President Emmanuel Macron said that sending Western ground troops was not excluded, Attal said that "you can't rule anything out in a war".

He told the RTL broadcaster that there was "no consensus" on any "official" deployment of ground troops.

"But no dynamic can be ruled out. We will do whatever it takes to ensure that Russia cannot win this war," he said, using the same words as Macron a day earlier.

Macron, after hosting a meeting of two dozen European leaders to discuss Ukraine, on Monday painted a grim picture of a Russia whose positions he said were "hardening" both at home and on the battlefield.

"We are convinced that the defeat of Russia is indispensable to security and stability in Europe," he said.

He refused to say more about France's position, citing the need for "strategic ambiguity" but said the issue of Western troops in Ukraine was mentioned among the "options".

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