Poland on Tuesday called for a NATO peacekeeping mission “backed by the armed forces” to help Ukraine.
“This cannot be an unarmed mission,” Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said during a visit to Kiev by the PAP Polish news agency.
“It must seek to provide humane and peaceful assistance to Ukraine.”
Kaczynski met with the Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, and Denys Shmygal, the Prime Minister.
This is the first visit by foreign leaders to Kiev since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
“I think we need a NATO peacekeeping mission, or perhaps a larger international structure, but a mission that will be able to defend itself and operate in the territory of Ukraine, with the consent of this country. will be, ”Kaczynski said.
“He will work for peace and provide humanitarian aid, but at the same time he will be supported by the right forces, the armed forces,” said Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Conservative Party in Poland and a key strategist. of government policy.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki again called on the EU to “grant Ukraine the status of a candidate very quickly” and added that “we will try to organize weapons of defense.”
The three prime ministers, and Kaczynski, went to Kiev to “ratify the full support of Ukraine for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to present a comprehensive package of support to the Ukrainian state and society,” it said in a statement. Polish government website.
Shortly after their arrival, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Shmygal praised the “courage of Ukraine’s true friends.”
European leaders traveled to Kiev when Russian forces were trying to besiege the Ukrainian capital, and their strikes hit several neighborhoods.
Although the three prime ministers are members of the Council of Europe and therefore its representatives, they do not have an official mandate from the council, according to a European source in Brussels.
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