VIDEO | Andonovic: A blunder or a failed attempt by Macron to take global leadership in support of Ukraine?

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French President Emmanuel Macron wants to take global leadership in Western aid to Ukraine and boost dwindling support for Kiev.

In this attempt, he encounters resistance from French politicians, writes Politico.

With Russian suppression of Ukrainian forces on the battlefield and uncertainty over further Western military aid, Macron said the future of Europe is at stake and said the possibility of European nations sending troops to Ukraine in the near future should not be ruled out.

Moscow responded promptly to this announcement by Macron, reminding him that any military force from Western countries that finds itself in Ukraine will be considered an enemy of Russia, which will act using military means.

The situation on the front for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is monstrous and catastrophic, and the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron about the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine will not help them, said the representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova.

"According to Zakharova, people realize that they have been betrayed and deceived. And in this context, some kind of bright, from their point of view, powerful statement is needed, which would somehow inspire the members of the armed forces of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian citizens who are forced to be victims, to help them abroad," says Zakharova. adding that Ukraine will not be saved either by minimizing losses or by self-praise."

A day after the leaders of the 25 NATO members and the EU met at a summit to discuss whether certain NATO members would send troops to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke out and put an end to plans by French President Emmanuel Macron.

"NATO allies are providing unprecedented support to Ukraine. We've been doing it since 2014 and we've stepped up our support since Full Invasion. But there are no plans for NATO combat troops on the ground in Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also confirmed that there is nothing wrong with sending troops to NATO.

"NATO and European countries will not send their ground forces to Ukraine" and thus directly confronted Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, also spoke out against sending troops from NATO members, who said that "Greece is against sending troops to Ukraine."

Macron's statement has already been criticized by the French opposition.

The leader of the far-right national rally, Marine Le Pen, assessed that Macron is playing with the lives of French children.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon said opposing nuclear powers was what he called "madness."

The Socialist Party and conservative Republicans also condemned Macron's statement. According to polls, Macron's centrist liberal Revival party currently has far less popular support than the far left and far right ahead of European elections in June.

Macron's efforts to provide more aid to Ukraine is not even in line with the prevailing attitude of French citizens.

Recent polls show that only 50 percent of the French support sending aid to Ukraine to arm Ukraine.

According to polls, only 62 percent of French people support sanctions against Russia, compared with 72 percent at the start of the war.

French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejournay said on Tuesday that French troops could have a non-combat role in Ukraine and could help with demining, cyber defense and weapons production.

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