Poland calls for NATO peacekeeping mission in Ukraine after talks in Kiev

An international peacekeeping mission should be sent to Ukraine. That said the leader of the Polish ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party during a press conference in Kiev together with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky.

Prime Ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic met President Zelensky in the Ukrainian capital Kiev yesterday. They are the first government leaders to visit the city since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24.

The three prime ministers arrived by train yesterday. “Your visit to Kiev at this difficult time for Ukraine is a strong sign of support. We appreciate it very much,” Zelensky said. “With allies like that, we win this war,” he went on to say.

The president spoke in English and Ukrainian with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.

“I think it is necessary to have a peacekeeping mission – NATO, possibly a broader international structure – but a mission that can defend itself and that will operate on Ukrainian soil,” said Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski. He is ex-Prime Minister and the leader of the PiS.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal also praised the courage of his colleagues to come to Kiev. “The courage of the true friends of Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

The four politicians traveled to Kiev to speak with Zelensky and Shmyhal. According to a Polish government spokesman, the trip was planned under strict secrecy in consultation with the EU and NATO.