Macron Says Western Ground Operations in Ukraine May Be Necessary at ‘Some Point’

French President Emmanuel Macron shows no sign of backing down on his bellicose rhetoric related to the war in Ukraine as he said in an interview published over the weekend that at “some point,” Western ground operations in Ukraine may be necessary.

“Maybe at some point—I don’t want it, I won’t take the initiative—we will have to have operations on the ground, whatever they may be, to counter the Russian forces,” Macron told the newspaper Le Parisien. “France’s strength is that we can do it.”

Macron sparked controversy last month when he said NATO shouldn’t rule out sending troops to Ukraine, a position he has now reaffirmed multiple times. His comments brought attention to the fact that a small number of NATO troops are already inside Ukraine, but Macron appears to be talking about a major deployment for combat against Russia despite the risk of nuclear war.