Lecornu announces three French companies partnering to produce weapons in Ukraine

Lecornu announces three French companies partnering to produce weapons in Ukraine

The Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, made a statement on BFMTV this Friday clarifying that there were no plans to send combat ground troops to Ukraine. This clarification comes after President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks last week where he mentioned that sending ground troops to Ukraine should not be excluded in the future for strategic reasons. Lecornu emphasized that Macron’s statement was taken out of context and that the President did not forbid any taboos but was clear that the idea of sending combat ground troops was not consensual.

Lecornu explained that during the press conference, President Macron mentioned the possibility of military presence and offering to produce and maintain weapons on Ukrainian soil. France has proposed partnerships with Ukrainian companies to produce spare parts, drones, land equipment, and potentially munitions in the future. This proposal has received consensus, especially with the Germans who have a significant industrial base.

The partnerships between French and Ukrainian companies aim to strengthen military capabilities on the ground but will take time to fully implement. Lecornu highlighted the importance of these partnerships in enhancing defense capabilities and supporting Ukraine in the current geopolitical situation.

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