Poland Will Formally Propose Sending NATO Troops to Ukraine at Summit This Thursday
Division of Ukraine?
Poland on Tuesday called for a Nato peace mission “protected by armed forces” to help Ukraine.
“This cannot be an unarmed mission,” Vice Premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski was quoted as saying by the Polish news agency PAP during a visit to Kyiv.
“It must seek to provide humanitarian and peaceful aid to Ukraine.”
“I think that we need a peacekeeping mission from Nato, or even possibly from a larger international structure, but a mission that will be able to defend itself and that will operate on Ukrainian territory, which will be in this country with the agreement of the president and the government of Ukraine and it will not be a defenseless mission,” Kaczynski said.
It “will strive for peace, to provide humanitarian aid, but at the same time it will be protected by appropriate forces, armed forces,” added Kaczynski, who is also the leader of the ruling conservative party in Poland and is considered the main strategist of government policy.
One of Poland’s top conservative leader’s call on Tuesday for NATO to enter Ukraine in a “peacekeeping mission” was rejected by NATO allies such as Germany and the United States, but Poland’s prime minister has now added his voice in defense of the proposal.
Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of the ruling Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party and deputy prime minister, made the proposal for such a NATO mission during a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Despite warnings that NATO in Ukraine could spark a conflict with Russia and potentially even lead to World War III, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says that there is still ample reason to support such a move.
7 NATO countries have stated that they would support a NATO Peacekeeping mission into Ukraine: Slovenia, Czechia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and now Denmark, there are rumors that France and Slovakia would also Vote Yes.
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“In situations in which women and children are dying, when civilians are being murdered, Ukraine has a right to invite NATO and other allied troops. Such a peace mission would make it so that there would be peace in some parts of the country’s [Ukraine] territory,” Morawiecki explained during interview for TVP, Polish public broadcaster.
He added that the idea had been consulted with Poland’s allies and will be presented at the upcoming NATO summit.