Czech President advocates continuing dialogue on Western troops in Ukraine

March 6,2024 506
Czech President advocates continuing dialogue on Western troops in Ukraine

Czech President Petr Pavel supports continuing the discussion on the possible presence of Western forces in Ukraine. Pavel stated that Europe should not limit its capabilities to support Ukraine in the war against Russia and should play a larger role in restraining Russia. He made these remarks during a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Czech President urged Kyiv’s partners to expand their support capabilities, emphasizing that it does not involve sending military personnel to Ukraine but provides assistance and “non-combat participation.”

“We decide ourselves what form of assistance we choose. … I endorse searching for new ways, including continuing the discussion about a possible military presence in Ukraine. Let’s not impose limits on ourselves if we do not have to,” said Petr Pavel.

He noted that a potential training mission does not violate international rules. Additionally, the Czech president emphasized that there is no difference whether Ukrainian soldiers undergo training with Western instructors abroad or directly in Ukraine, stating that “Ukraine, despite being attacked, remains a sovereign country.”

Meanwhile, Macron stated it is time to be more active and “not be cowards.” He emphasized that Europe is approaching a moment where it is appropriate not to be cowardly.

“[France and the Czech Republic are] well aware that war is back on our soil (in Europe), that some powers which have become unstoppable are extending every day their threat of attacking us even more, and that we will have to live up to history and the courage that it requires,” said Macron.

Furthermore, the President of France supported the Czech initiative to supply 800,000 artillery rounds to Ukraine from countries outside the EU.

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