16 mar 2022 12:02 p.m
After the meeting of high-ranking representatives of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia with the Ukrainian President, Warsaw called for an armed NATO peacekeeping mission to be sent to Ukraine.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski called on NATO to send a “peacekeeping mission” to Ukraine after a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Tuesday in Kyiv, which was also attended by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Kaczynski stated that it was “necessary to have a peacekeeping mission” involving “NATO or possibly a broader international structure” that would be “capable of defending itself” while operating in Ukraine. Kaczynski further suggested:
“It will be a mission that works for peace and provides humanitarian aid, but at the same time it will be protected by appropriate forces, by armed forces.”
In a statement following the meeting, Zelensky declined to endorse the plan, but noted that tougher sanctions and “safety guarantees” were under discussion and thanked foreign officials for their support. He explained:
“We have absolute confidence in these countries and their leaders.”
“We are 100 percent confident that whatever we discuss will achieve its goals for our country, our security and our future.”
Poland, which is part of NATO along with the Czech Republic and Slovenia, has always sought greater involvement in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. However, never directly. While Warsaw had hoped to hand over 28 jets to Ukraine via the US as an intermediary, the US government decided against the idea, arguing that such a move could spark World War III. In the meantime, however, arms and other forms of military assistance, as well as a steady flow of volunteer foreign fighters, are pouring into Ukraine from NATO allies as fighting in the country has been going on for the past three weeks.
Russian troops were deployed to Russia’s neighbor at the end of February as part of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine and to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and Russia’s national security interests. Kyiv has accused Moscow of an unprovoked offensive.
The EU, US and other countries have responded with unprecedented sanctions targeting Russian business and selected senior officials. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly condemned Russia’s special military operation.
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