EAt a press conference, Scholz stated that what was decided among Europeans from the beginning “remains valid for the future”, namely that “there will be no troops on the ground, nor soldiers sent by European states or NATO to Ukrainian soil”.

“It is important to always ensure this,” Scholz added in the university town of Freiburg in Breisgau, in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, asserting that there is “great unanimity on this issue” among Ukraine’s allies.

Scholz was reacting to statements made Monday by Macronin which the French President stated that the deployment of ground troops to Ukraine should not “be excluded” in the future, despite considering that “there is no consensus” on the matter at this stage.

“We will do everything necessary so that Russia cannot win this war,” said Macron, at the end of an international conference in support of Ukraine, which was also attended by Scholz.

The conference, organized urgently by the French President with the presence of 27 other countries, comes at a critical moment for Ukraine, which finds itself on the defensive against the Russian army, after the failure of its counteroffensive last year, and waiting for weapons additional westerners.

The French head of state also appeared to implicitly aim his sights at countries like Germany, which have long been reluctant to hand over certain weapons to Kyiv.

“Many people today who say ‘never, never’ are the same people who said ‘never tanks, never planes, never long-range missiles’ two years ago,” Macron said.

Shortly before, in Berlin, Scholz had refused to follow the example of France and the United Kingdom in sending long-range missiles to Kyiv, arguing that this was “unreasonable” because it could “involve” Germany directly in the war launched by Russia.

The German Chancellor categorically rejected Ukraine’s request to send German Taurus missiles, which have a range of more than 500 kilometers and would allow Kyiv to strike targets deep inside Russian territory.

The Taurus is the equivalent of the Storm Shadow/Scalp, developed in parallel by the British and French, which was delivered to Ukraine (250 kilometers of range).

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