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Finland Doesn’t Rule out Sending Troops to Ukraine

Sun 31 Mar 2024 | 10:27 PM
Israa Farhan

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto indicated that Finland doesn't dismiss the possibility of deploying Western troops to Ukraine in the future.

However, she emphasized that the current moment isn't suitable for such considerations.

In an interview with the British newspaper Financial Times, Haavisto stated that it's not the right time to send troops to Ukraine, and discussions on the matter are premature. Yet, she emphasized the importance of remaining open-minded in the long term.

Haavisto added that given the uncertainty surrounding the conflict's trajectory, the West should keep all options on the table.

Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets echoed similar sentiments, suggesting that French President Emmanuel Macron's comments regarding troop deployment to Ukraine have spurred European leaders into action.

Liimets emphasized that providing support to Kyiv through weapons and financial aid is a safer and more viable option than direct military intervention.

Macron's remarks, made at the conclusion of an international conference in Paris aimed at supporting Ukraine, stirred reactions across Europe.

He noted that while there's no current consensus on officially deploying troops, all possibilities should be considered.

Russia has cautioned against Western troop deployment in Ukraine, warning that any such action would make those troops primary targets for the Russian military.