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French army ‘is ready’ for ‘the toughest engagements’ as Macron won’t rule out troops in Ukraine

19th Mar 24 2:27 pm

In February the French President said that “Russia cannot win this war” and has refused to rule out sending troops to Ukraine.

Macron warned allies this month that we are “approaching a moment in our Europe” and he urged allies “not to be a coward” as now is the time to step up to the mark in Ukraine.

Macron said last week that “all option are possible” in Ukraine, but “we’re not in that situation today.”

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The French ground army chief of staff General Pierre Schill has published a statement on Tuesday that his forces “is ready” for “the toughest engagements.”

In an op-ed in the French newspaper Le Monde, Schill said, “However the international situation may evolve, French people can be certain that their soldiers stand ready to respond.”

“To protect itself from any attack and to defend its interests, the French army is preparing for even the toughest engagements,” he added.

He also quoted the Latin adage “si vis pacem, para bellum,” meaning, “if you want peace, prepare for war.”

Schill said within 30 days there will be a division of 20,000 troops and can easily call up some 60,000 soldiers by joining allied nations.

The army chief of staff did not make reference to the Ukraine war or Russia, but he did say, “the sources of crisis are multiplying and carry with them risks of spiralling or extending.”

The Kremlin has warned that if European troops are sent to Ukraine that it will be “inevitable” there will be conflict with NATO.

On Monday Putin directly threatened the West warning that we are “one step away” from “World War Three.”

Reuters asked Putin over the French President’s comments which could risk conflict between NATO and Russia.

“Everything is possible in the modern world.

“It is clear to everyone, that this will be one step away from a full-scale World War Three. I think hardly anyone is interested in this.”

The Russian dictator said that they are fully aware that NATO personnel are on the ground in the battlefields of Ukraine and that they have intercepted French and English being spoken.

Putin added, “There is nothing good in this, first of all for them, because they are dying there and in large numbers.”

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