Finnish president sees no reason to send troops to Ukraine

Wednesday, 3 April 2024

Finnish President Alexander Stubb has spoken about the possibility of sending Finnish troops to Ukraine.

Stubb noted at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv that he sees no reason to send Finnish troops to Ukraine.

"There is no reason for Finland to send its troops to Ukraine. We are supporting Ukraine in every possible way – in particular, by signing a security agreement and providing 23 military aid packages. It is very important that Europe, the US and the West focus on what they can realistically do for Ukraine," he said.

Stubb was also asked about his position regarding the use of Finnish weapons on the territory of the Russian Federation. He replied that he did not want to go into details.

In this context, he added that Finland provides Ukraine with weapons not only for defence, but also to defeat Russia in the war.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in March that a possible deployment of Western troops to Ukraine "could not be ruled out". He later added that his words had been carefully thought out.

Later, commenting on the idea he raised, Macron stressed that if such a scenario were to materialise, French forces would not go on the offensive against Russia.

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