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“We are not at war with Russia,” Scholz tells Macron

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“We are not at war with Russia,” Scholz tells Macron

Germany, France and Poland confirm unity in Ukraine after rift over ground troops and long-range missile supplies

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that the countries that support Ukraine are not at war with Russia. The statement came as the leaders of Germany, France and Poland met in Berlin on Friday to show solidarity after their recent disagreement over military support for Kiev.

At a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the chancellor said the country stood firmly behind Ukraine and that allied aid would continue “as long as it lasts.”

“It is also clear that we are not at war with Russia,” Scholz added.

The statement follows simmering disagreements between Paris and Berlin over the possible delivery of long-range missiles and the deployment of troops on the ground in Ukraine.

So far, Scholz has refused to send Taurus missiles to Ukraine to avoid further escalation of the conflict with Russia. France, on the other hand, supplies SCALP-EG cruise missiles, which are already in use by Ukraine and are roughly equivalent to the Taurus.

Macron’s recent suggestion that the West “cannot be ruled out” the possibility of sending troops to help Ukraine in its conflict with Russia has also drawn criticism from Germany and other NATO states.

The chancellor and the French president met on Friday to clear the air ahead of trilateral talks, after weeks of very public disagreements over their Ukraine strategy.

Smoldering disagreements between them threatened to undermine cooperation between the allies.

Key allies of Ukraine include Germany, France and Poland. Germany has become the second largest supplier of military aid to Ukraine after the US and is increasing its support this year.

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