A clash between Russia and NATO is inevitable if the West sends troops to Ukraine, the Kremlin says

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — A direct confrontation between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is inevitable if Western nations decide to send troops to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Peskov's comments come amid comments by French President Emmanuel Macron during a conference in Paris on Monday where a group of European leaders discussed ways to boost Western support for Ukraine.

Macron noted that while there was no official consensus among European leaders, the possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine “should not be ruled out,” adding that the West would do everything to ensure that Russia is not winning the current conflict.

“In this case, we would have to talk not about the probability, but about the inevitability (of a confrontation with NATO),” Peskov said in response to a question about the possible stationing of NATO troops in Ukraine.

Several countries are guided by a “fairly sober assessment” of the potential dangers of such actions, he concluded.