Poland and Ukraine discuss military cooperation due to fears of Russia

On Monday 14 August, Polish and Ukrainian defence ministers, Antoni Macierewicz and Stepan Poltorak, met in Warsaw to discuss military cooperation between the two countries and their common security issues. The ministers focused on army exercises, defence industry projects and the functioning of a multinational brigade composed of Polish, Lithuanian and Ukranian forces.

Poltorak and Macierewicz discussed the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as well. The Ukraine conflict and relations with Russia remain an important topic not just for Ukraine, but also for the entire Europe. The Ukrainian Minister mentioned that the situation in Eastern Ukraine indicated Russia’s ignorance of the Minsk agreements and expressed concerns about a possible escalation of the conflict. The worsening relations between Russia and Europe remain a risk with the planned Russian West-2017 military drills. Besides threats from the Russian Federation, both states also share similar historical experiences linked to Russia. Strengthening the cooperation can help with both countries' confidence in the region and ability to counter Russian policy. After the meeting, Minister Poltorak stressed his appreciation of Poland as a strategic partner for Ukraine.

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