Poland and Lithuania will insist on security guarantees for Ukraine, Poland’s Duda says

19 January, 09:13 PM
Andrzej Duda (Photo:REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk)

Andrzej Duda (Photo:REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk)

Poland and Lithuania will push for security guarantees for Ukraine at the July 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, Polish President Andrzej Duda told journalists at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos on Jan. 19.

Duda said he was the first Western leader to publicly discuss the subject of NATO potentially guaranteeing Ukraine’s security, adding that it’s too early to tell if Warsaw’s fellow allies will be convinced by its arguments.

“There’s one thing we can be certain of: Poland and Lithuania, asked to support Ukraine, will do everything we can to ensure NATO extends these (security) guarantees,” said the president.

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On Jan. 13, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office presented its draft proposal for security guarantees to Kyiv, developed with expert input from former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The document envisages the United States, the UK, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, and Turkey being among Ukraine’s allies, committed to ensuring its safety from foreign invasions. Ukrainian officials maintain this format does not replace Ukraine’s goal of becoming a full NATO member in the future.

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