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Thousands join anti-NATO march in Paris protesting military support for Ukraine

Thousands gathered in Paris on Saturday to protest against the French government's decision to send weaponry and financial aid to Ukraine.

Footage shows protesters marching and chanting while carrying flags and banners. The leader of The Patriots (LP) party Florian Philippot, one of the most staunch opponents of NATO in France, also attended the march.

On Tuesday, the French National Assembly supported a 10-year bilateral security agreement covering arms, training and 3 billion euros of military aid to Ukraine.

In recent weeks, President Macron has also suggested ground troops could not be 'ruled out' and that allied nations shouldn't be 'cowards'. The UK, Germany and others - as well as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg - subsequently said they will not be sending troops to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov stated that 'judging by Mr. President's statements, France is not averse to increasing its involvement'. He previously accused Macron and other Western leaders of 'playing with fire' and escalating the conflict.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilization, while the EU and the US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

(Source: Ruptly) 

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