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Emmanuel Macron’s Statement on Sending Troops to Ukraine “Concerning”

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.02.28.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Emmanuel Macron, President of France (L-R)

On Tuesday, the Defense Minister expressed concern about French President Macron’s statement, underlining that Hungary will not send weapons or soldiers to the conflict, insisting on a ceasefire and calling on the warring parties to start peace talks as soon as possible.

Commenting on Emmanuel Macron’s statement that the possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine cannot be ruled out, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that at this stage of the war, the aggressor seems to be prevailing, which could force the Western world’s decision-makers to take some form of action.

He pointed out that

Hungary is conducting the largest humanitarian operation in its history, with more than a million people arriving from Ukraine since the outbreak of the war.

He said that 5,000 Ukrainian children are attending kindergartens and schools in Hungary, 500,000 Ukrainian families have received Hungarian aid, and Hungary is helping with reconstruction in Ukraine and is also joining the demining effort in Ukraine.

Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky. Photo: honvedelem.hu

He also added that “globalization has backfired,” and we are in a situation where impenetrable blocs could once again be formed in the world, which is “extremely unfavorable for Hungary’s national interest.” The minister believes that

Hungary could play an important role in conflict management, and that the rotating presidency of the EU Council would provide an opportunity to give greater emphasis to European defense issues.

Csaba Dömötör, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, also addressed Macron’s speech in a video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

He recalled an interview with Viktor Orbán last year, in which the prime minister said that the moment could come when European soldiers would be sent to the battlefield after tanks and fighter jets.

We are very close, I think, to putting on the table as a serious proposal that soldiers from countries allied with Ukraine should also cross the border and go to Ukraine’s territory,”

the Prime Minister said at the time.

Dömötör noted that the moment has now come when the President of France speaks with surprising openness about the possibility of Europe sending troops to the Ukrainian theater of war. As Macron said, today there is no consensus on formally sending ground troops, but “nothing is ruled out.” “We will do everything to ensure that Russia does not win this war,” the French head of state said in the video attachment.

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Via MTI, Featured image: Facebook/Володимир Зеленський

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