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'Better to hand over equipment': Poland rejects sending troops to Ukraine

'Better to hand over equipment': Poland rejects sending troops to Ukraine Photo: Polish Minister of Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz (Getty Images)

Poland has rejected the possibility of sending troops to Ukraine. Warsaw believes it's better to hand over equipment to the Ukrainian army, according to the Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz.

Commenting on the statement by French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the deployment of troops, he said: "This is not a NATO initiative. This is a French initiative."

"We believe it is much better to provide equipment," said the Minister of Defense of Poland.

The head of the Ministry of Defense stated that Poland is training one-third of Ukrainian military personnel.

"We have neither such plans nor such intentions. We speak directly and clearly to our allies. NATO has no such plans," he added.

Earlier, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and Prime Minister Donald Tusk also commented on Macron's proposal. The Polish authorities stated that they are not considering such a possibility.

What preceded this

French President Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the possibility that NATO could deploy troops to assist Ukraine. According to him, the main problem lies in the current lack of consensus on this issue.

Several NATO countries have already spoken out against this idea, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Spain, and Italy.

However, there are countries willing to consider such a possibility, such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Canada, also a NATO member, has stated that it is ready to send troops to Ukraine, but only to train Ukrainian defenders far from the front lines.