Not talking about Polish troops in Ukraine, says security chief – The First News



Paweł Soloch said Poland was coordinating its actions with its allies.
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The head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN) said that there is currently no talk of deploying Polish troops to Ukraine because the Ukrainian government has not requested it and this is also the position of the whole of NATO.

Paweł Soloch said Poland was coordinating its actions with its allies. “It’s been happening since the conflict started and I guess it will be that way until there’s a de-escalation, I hope,” Soloch said following a BBN meeting with President Andrzej Duda on Monday.

The meeting also involved officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior as well as the armed forces and special services.

“The situation requires…that these meetings take place maybe a few times a week,” he said, adding that consultations were regularly held with the United States on the situation in Ukraine.

A conversation will take place on Monday between US President Joe Biden, Duda and EU leaders including Germany, France and Italy, as well as Britain and NATO.

Asked if the BBN meeting touched on the issue of military aid, Soloch declined to comment, except to say that “a lot of time was spent on cooperation issues and coordinating these activities with our allies”.

He said that the possibility of providing humanitarian aid had been discussed, if necessary, as well as international actions in the field of energy policy.

“What matters most is military and humanitarian aid,” Soloch said. “At this stage, activities mainly in the political sphere are also very important, building a uniform message, including from Western countries, such that it would be a deterrent to Russia.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said Monday in Brussels after a meeting of EU foreign ministers that Poland’s Ukrainian partners had “no doubt that Poland is ready to offer them all the assistance”.

Jabłoński, however, refused to give information on defense cooperation, explaining that this information was classified.

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