The potential redeployment of Moscow's military assets would threaten not only Kiev's neighbors, but France itself, the president has said

A total Russian victory over Ukraine in which the entire country is defeated would be detrimental to European and NATO security, as it could allow Moscow to place missiles at the EU's doorstep, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

In an interview with the French daily La Tribune on Saturday, Macron, who has famously refused to rule out sending Western troops to Ukraine, once again advocated a policy of "strategic ambiguity" towards Russia, arguing that the key idea behind such an approach is to project strength while "not giving too many details."

Describing Russia as "an adversary," the French president stressed that establishing "a priori limits" would be interpreted as weakness. "We must remove all visibility from it, because that is what creates the ability to deter," he argued.

Comment: All the Western leaders thought Russia's concern about having NATO missiles on Russia's doorstep was not a legitimate security concern. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it does not feel so nice. Still it would be unlikely that the current crop of NATO leaders have renewed their understanding of Russia's security concern before the start of the current conflict in Ukraine. Reflection and introspection is not a trait of those leaders.

Macron further noted that Ukraine is crucial to France's security because it is located only 1,500 kilometers from its borders. "If Russia wins, the next second, there is no longer any security possible in Romania, in Poland, in Lithuania and not in our country either. The capability and range of Russian ballistic missiles expose us all," he said.

The president's comments come after he suggested last month that Western nations "would legitimately have to ask [them]selves" whether they should send troops to Ukraine "If the Russians were to break through the front lines, [and] if there were a Ukrainian request."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by calling Macron's statement "very important and very dangerous," adding that it was further testament to Paris' direct involvement in the conflict. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has also warned that "nothing will remain" of NATO forces if they are sent to the front line in Ukraine.

Some Western nations have spoken out against sending troops to Ukraine, including the UK, one of Kiev's staunchest supporters. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron insisted on Friday that while London would continue to support Ukraine, NATO soldiers in the country "could be a dangerous escalation."

Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, has repeatedly dismissed speculation that Moscow could attack NATO as "nonsense," saying that his country had no interest whatsoever in doing so.