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"They will become targets": Russia threatens to strike France if it enters Ukraine

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Maria Zakharova. Source: Still from the video

Russia continues to throw tantrums over the fact that France is allowing its troops to be sent to Ukraine. Another threatening tirade was made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

She said that French troops if they appear at the front in Ukraine, "will become targets for the Russian military." Zakharova's statement during the briefing was quoted by Russian propaganda media, and she also published it on her Telegram channel.

This time, on May 8, Zakharova was responding to "new bellicose statements by the French leadership," in particular, the words of French President Emmanuel Macron on May 2 that if Ukraine appeals to its Western partners with a request to do so, the issue of sending Western troops to Ukraine should be resolved.

"We have repeatedly commented on the irresponsible and provocative rhetoric of the French leader. It is characteristic that Macron himself explains such rhetoric by the desire to create some kind of "strategic uncertainty" for Russia. We have to disappoint him. For us, the situation looks more than certain. If the French appear in the conflict zone, they will inevitably become targets for the Russian armed forces," Zakharova said.

The representative of the authorities of a state known for its indifference not only to the rights but also to the lives of its population suddenly became extremely concerned that the position of the French president "causes rejection among the vast majority of French citizens," but "Macron does not seem to be bothered by this."

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman's speech was not without the usual attacks on Western countries, which are not without reason afraid of a possible Russian attack, and the omnipresent and omnipotent "Anglo-Saxons," without mentioning them in almost every briefing Zakharova gives.

"We are not at all surprised by the manipulation by official Paris of the ancient myth of the Russian military threat to France and the whole of Europe, nor by the desire to justify the multibillion-dollar costs of the West's hybrid war with Russia in Ukraine. He is neither alone nor original here. It is difficult to understand the ease and recklessness with which the political elites of France, for the sake of the Anglo-Saxons, part with the traditions of military, political, and even intellectual sovereignty that existed in the past," Zakharova concluded her reaction with a set of words.

''They will become targets'': Russia threatens to strike France if it enters Ukraine

On May 2, Macron made a new statement about the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine. According to him, no action can be ruled out given that the aggressor country, Russia, does not set any limits.

The French president noted that Europe has already spent billions to deter Russian aggression. Therefore, Moscow should not be allowed to win in Ukraine. Macron emphasized that Russia's victory would be a blow not only to the security but also to the authority of European countries.

This statement, as well as the hint by British Foreign Secretary David Cameron that London has no objection to the use of British weapons transferred to Ukraine to strike at Russian territory, almost immediately caused a "fire" in the Kremlin. Thus, Putin reacted to Macron's and Cameron's statements about troops in Ukraine and strikes on Russia by calling them "dangerous" and threatening consequences for Europe.

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