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Poland reiterates refusal to send military personnel to Ukraine

Warsaw, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Minister of Defense Stanislav Wzętek reiterated Poland's refusal to send its forces to Ukraine, not even for the purpose of training military personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“We do not expect our soldiers to participate in the war, because their presence in Ukraine, even if it were for training, would border on participation in the conflict,” the representative of the Polish defense department assured the Polish radio.

The Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, recently declared that he greatly appreciated the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron after a meeting in Paris with representatives of some 20 countries on February 26th, which saw the discussion regarding greater support for Ukraine in the armed conflict with the Russian Federation, and the possible participation of ground forces from Western countries.

The Polish Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that Poland has no intention of sending military personnel to Ukraine.

Following the conference, representatives of most of the countries that took part in it stated that they did not plan to send troops to Ukraine and opposed their participation in hostilities against Russia.

The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Séjournet, explained, on February 27th, that the presence of Western military personnel on Ukrainian territory may be necessary to provide certain types of assistance, including demining territories and training Ukrainian units, as this does not allegedly imply their participation in the conflict.