Polish troops to Ukraine possible – Polish FM

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radosław Sikorski
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radosław Sikorski

Poland won’t rule out sending troops to Ukraine – at least publicly, with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski saying “We should not rule it out, and leave Putin guessing about our intentions,” to Gazeta Wyborcza on May 28.

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However, Sikorski did not specify what role Polish troops would play in Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi on May 27 said that France was ready to send instructors to Ukraine to train Ukrainian soldiers. He clarified that he had already signed documents that would allow the first French instructors to visit Ukrainian training centers and familiarize themselves with their infrastructure and personnel.

Commenting on the reports about receiving instructors from partner countries, Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that discussions with France and other countries on this issue are still ongoing.

NATO troops in Ukraine

After a conference on supporting Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine’s Western allies would create a coalition to provide Ukrainian Armed Forces with long-range weapons, and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in future should not be ruled out.

Responding to Macron’s statements, Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the United Kingdom rejected the idea.

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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas kept open the possibility of sending troops, but clarified that they would only be for training missions.

Dutch Army General Staff Chief, General Onno Eichelsheim, said that “all options should remain open.

European NATO states have been studying the possibility of sending NATO troops to Ukraine for weeks, AFP reported.

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French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal explained on Feb. 29 that French troops could participate in the war on the side of Ukraine to protect certain borders, take part in exercises, or support ground air defense. He dismissed the possibility of French soldiers participating “directly on the frontline.”

NATO foreign ministers agreed to create a special NATO mission to increase support for Ukraine on April 4, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said.

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