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Poland to call for peacekeeping mission in Ukraine


Oslo, 19 March 2022 (TDI): Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s prime minister, said on Friday that Poland will forward a proposal for a peacekeeping mission for Ukraine at the next Nato summit.

During a visit to Kyiv earlier this week, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice party and the deputy prime minister in charge of security, initially mentioned the notion of a mission.

Following a meeting of Poland’s National Security Bureau, government spokesperson Piotr Müller confirmed that the request for an international operation in Ukraine will be submitted during next week’s emergency NATO summit and European Council meeting. He’d been questioned about the “restrained” responses to the proposal.

“There will be no easy or quick solutions,” Müller stated, “However, in order to take such action, we need to start thinking out various alternatives.”

On a visit to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine, Kaczynski traveled alongside Morawiecki and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovenia, Petr Fiala and Janez Jansa.

During his conversations with Ukraine’s leaders, Kaczynski urged that Nato or other organizations should organize peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. He went on to say that the missions should be self-sufficient.

“The idea will be formally submitted at the upcoming Nato summit,” Morawiecki told reporters on Friday, “but Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has already revealed them during a meeting with the defense ministers of Nato nations.”

Kaczynski stated that he believes a NATO or even bigger multinational coalition operation is necessary to “protect itself and intervene on the territory of Ukraine.” He added that this expedition would not be unarmed: “It would work for peace and provide humanitarian help while being protected by armed troops.”

He also mentioned that the Danish defense minister, Morten Bodskov, had responded positively to the request, saying that “the Danish government is willing to send troops to Ukraine as part of a peacekeeping operation if it can assist to ending this brutal war.”

“We have decades of expertise with this kind of work, and I am certain that Denmark can contribute and make a difference,” Bodskov added.

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