The German government does not support French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea to create an EU coalition to jointly send instructors to Ukraine, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, Report informs via TASS.

According to it, last week French Chief of the Defence Staff Thierry Burkhard sent a letter to the United States and about ten European states, including the United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, the three Baltic states, Denmark and Sweden, in which he invited the respective governments to participate in the training mission in Ukraine as part of a multinational “coalition of the willing.” At the same time, Paris ignored the German government: the invitation letter was not received by the German Defense Ministry. According to the newspaper, Germany’s ruling coalition has repeatedly made clear in recent weeks during internal discussions in Brussels that the German servicemen will not take part in the training mission. But the Americans did so in advance – and still received a letter of invitation, Welt am Sonntag pointed out.

Macron is trying to hold the training mission under the auspices of the already existing European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine). However, EU diplomats report that there is resistance in Brussels to Paris’ ideas. Most EU countries would oppose training in Ukraine. The governments of Germany, Italy and Spain, for example, fear that training on the ground could create a significant risk of escalation and draw the West deeper into the conflict in Ukraine. Hungary, for its part, said at a meeting of EU defense ministers in late May that Ukraine no longer had a realistic chance of winning, the newspaper emphasized.