Macron Shifts Stance on Russia, Calls for Its Defeat in Ukraine Amid Intensified Disinformation Campaign

Macron shifts stance, calls for Russia's defeat in Ukraine, as France boosts military aid amid intensified Russian disinformation campaign targeting 2024 elections.

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Macron Shifts Stance on Russia, Calls for Its Defeat in Ukraine Amid Intensified Disinformation Campaign

Macron Shifts Stance on Russia, Calls for Its Defeat in Ukraine Amid Intensified Disinformation Campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron has altered his position on Russia, now calling for its defeat in Ukraine and warning that a Russian victory would end European security. This change in stance comes as Russia has intensified its campaign targeting France with disinformation and cyber attacks ahead of the 2024 elections.

Macron has repeatedly stated that the deployment of Western soldiers to Ukraine should be considered, though this proposal has divided Europe. Some leaders support the idea while others are strongly against it due to fears of triggering World War III. A Ukrainian survey showed 74% of respondents support Macron's proposal to deploy military units from Western allied states to Ukraine, with the highest approval of 87% in the Western region.

However, several NATO countries have publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine. French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said French troops could help Ukraine protect certain borders and take part in exercises or ground air defense, but ruled out their participation in direct battles on the front line.

Why this matters: Macron's shift in stance and call for Russia's defeat signifies a hardening of France's position and a recognition of the broader threat to European security posed by Russia's actions in Ukraine. The intensified Russian disinformation campaign targeting France underscores the high stakes and potential impact on the 2024 elections.

Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin have cautioned Macron that any French troops sent to Ukraine would meet the same fate as Napoleon's Grande Armee, whose 1812 invasion of Russia ended in death and defeat. The Kremlin responded to Macron's comments, warning that conflict between Russia and the NATO military alliance would be inevitable if European NATO members sent troops to fight in Ukraine.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Macron of having "dangerous delusions of grandeur" and "spouting fierce and extremely dangerous nonsense."

France has announced it will deliver hundreds of old armored vehicles and new surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine to aid in its war against Russia. French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said this aid package is in response to Ukrainian requests and is crucial for troop mobility as Russia intensifies its strikes on civilians and infrastructure.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a new $61 billion aid package for Ukraine after months of deadlock. The vote sets up a showdown with the Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump's far-right wing, which has been blocking aid to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged China's President Xi Jinping to help achieve peace in Ukraine, citing the damage to the international order.

Key Takeaways

  • Macron calls for Russia's defeat in Ukraine, warning of threat to European security.
  • 74% of Ukrainians support Macron's proposal to deploy Western troops, highest in West.
  • Russia intensifies disinformation, cyber attacks on France ahead of 2024 elections.
  • France to deliver armored vehicles, missiles to Ukraine; U.S. approves $61B aid.
  • Scholz urges China's Xi to help achieve peace in Ukraine, citing damage to global order.