Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2024

Poland claims NATO troops ‘already present in Ukraine’ in horrifying escalation to WW3 | World | News

A Polish official claimed NATO soldiers are “already present” in Ukraine, despite Russia previously warning a similar scenario would make a conflict with the Western alliance “inevitable”.

Poland‘s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski seemingly shared this information upon appearing at a conference on Friday marking the nation’s 25th anniversary of joining NATO.

During the event, live streamed on the YouTube channel of Poland’s lower house of the bicameral parliament, Mr Sikorski said, according to the English dubbed version of the video: “NATO soldiers are already present in Ukraine. And I would like to warmly thank the ambassadors of those states that have taken that risk.

“Those who are those states know who they are, but you can’t disclose that, yes in contrary to other politicians I won’t list those countries.”

During the same event, Mr Sikorski delved into the controversial remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron in late February and earlier this month, when he refused to rule out deploying Western troops in the war-torn country.

In a post shared on X, Mr Sikorski was quoted as saying: “The presence of NATO forces in Ukraine is not unthinkable. I appreciate the French President Emmanuel Macron‘s initiative, because it is about Putin being afraid, not us being afraid of Putin.”

This echoed remarks made by Czech President Petr Pavel on March 8, when he told Czech Television there needs to be a distinction between deploying combat troops in Ukraine and involving troops in “support” activities. He said: “From the point of view of international law and the UN Charter, there would be nothing to prevent NATO member states’ troops – as well as civilians, for example – from assisting in the work in Ukraine.”

During the conference on NATO, the Polish politician didn’t share which role the NATO military personnel he claims to be in Ukraine is playing.

Nevertheless, his remarks prompted a response from the Kremlin, with Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, saying there was “no point in denying” any longer NATO involvement in Ukraine.

While Mr Macron, following a summit he organised in Paris on February 26, left the door open to a closer involvement of NATO soldiers in the war-torn country, many officials in states member of the alliance have distanced themselves from his remarks.

British Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron said in an interview published on Friday by German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung Britain is opposed to sending Western troops to Ukraine.

On February 27, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had already acknowledged Britain had a “small number of personnel in country supporting the armed forces of Ukraine, including for medical training”, but stressed Britain had “no plans to make a large-scale deployment”.

Over the past several months, the UK led a programme on its soil in which thousands of Ukrainians were trained before joining the frontline.

Despite the remarks made by Mr Sikorski, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk was also among the European leaders who have ruled out sending troops to Ukraine after Mr Macron’s remarks.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also stressed last month that the support provided to Ukraine by the military alliance would continue not to involve sending soldiers to the war-torn nation.

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