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The refutation of Macron's statements comes at a time when the Kremlin is warning of a conflict if the West deploys its forces on the ground in Ukraine.

Germany, Poland and NATO have ruled out sending ground troops to Ukraine, with the Kremlin warning that such a move would represent a major escalation and lead to a direct conflict between Russia and the Western security alliance.

Tuesday's comments came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron raised this possibility after a meeting of European leaders on strengthening support for Ukraine in its war against Russia.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the participants in the conference in Paris discussed the matter but agreed “that there will be no ground forces or soldiers on Ukrainian territory sent there by European countries or NATO countries.”

There is also a consensus “that soldiers serving in our country are also not actively participating in the war themselves,” Schultz said.

Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, two of Kiev's staunchest supporters, said they were also not considering sending troops.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Associated Press news agency that although alliance members have provided “unprecedented support” to Ukraine, “there are no plans to deploy NATO combat forces on the ground in Ukraine.”

The idea of ​​sending troops was taboo, especially as NATO sought to avoid being drawn into a wider war with nuclear-armed Russia. Nothing prevents NATO members from joining such a project individually or in groups, but the organization will only participate if all 31 members agree.

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Meanwhile, the Kremlin warned that direct conflict between NATO and Russia would be inevitable if the alliance sent combat forces.

Commenting on Macron’s statements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “The fact of discussing the possibility of sending certain units to Ukraine from NATO countries is a very important new element.”

Peskov said this was “not in the interest” of NATO's European members. “In this case, we will need to talk not about probability, but about determinism [of direct conflict]”.

With Macron appearing increasingly isolated, his government later sought to clarify his comments.

French Foreign Minister Stephane Ségourne said on Tuesday that the president was considering sending troops to carry out specific tasks such as helping with mine clearance, on-site weapons production and cyber defence.

“[This] It may require a [military] “Being on Ukrainian territory without crossing the threshold of combat,” Segorn told French lawmakers.

The minister said: “It is not sending forces to wage war against Russia.”

The conference was held in Paris after France, Germany and the UK signed 10-year bilateral security agreements with Ukraine, whose government is working to shore up Western support.

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