Finnish PM rules out troops for Ukraine amid Russian advances

Petteri Orpo
Petteri Orpo

Sending Finnish troops to Ukraine is not feasible, even if Russia advances deeper into the country’s territory, Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo said, according to Finnish media outlet Yle on May 27.

Finland agreed to support Ukraine with weapon supplies and military training based on Ukrainian requests, Orpo said.

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Finnish President Alexander Stubb reportedly emphasized that this is mere speculation and that Finland's position on the matter remains unchanged.

The German outlet Der Spiegel, citing unnamed Baltic MPs, earlier reported that Poland and Baltic countries may send their troops to Ukraine if Russian forces achieve a "strategic breakthrough in the country's east" due to insufficient support from the West.

Possible deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine

After a conference on supporting Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's Western allies would create a coalition to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with long-range weapons and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in the future should not be ruled out.

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In response to Macron's statements, Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the United Kingdom publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas kept open the possibility of sending troops but clarified that they would be only for training missions.

General Onno Eichelsheim, Chief of General Staff of the Dutch Army, said that “all options should be open.”

Ukraine's European NATO allies have been studying the possibility of troop deployment for weeks, AFP reported.

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French troops could help Ukraine protect certain borders, take part in exercises, or aid ground air defense, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said on Feb. 29. He dismissed the possibility of French soldiers participating in battles “directly on the frontlines.”

Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski said that NATO foreign ministers agreed on April 4 to create a special NATO mission to increase support for Ukraine.

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