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Poland and Ukraine signal safety settlement

Tusk sees the defense of Ukraine as a defense of his own country. Photo: Radek Pietruszka/PAP/dpa

Tusk sees the protection of Ukraine as a protection of his personal nation. Photo

© Radek Pietruszka/PAP/dpa

Ukraine concludes a safety settlement with Poland, one of many nation's most dedicated political and navy supporters. President Zelenskyj speaks of an “ambitious” contract.

Before the NATO summit in Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk signed a bilateral safety settlement in Warsaw. “Whoever defends Ukraine today is also defending himself,” mentioned Tusk.

The Ukrainian president described the treaty as “ambitious”. “It is suitable for protecting the lives of our people and resisting the Russian evil,” mentioned Zelensky. The treaty supplies for the event of a mechanism with which “Russian missiles and drones in Ukrainian airspace that have been fired towards Poland can be shot down”.

Zelensky arrived in Poland on the day of heavy Russian missile assaults on his nation that killed at the very least 26 individuals. A big kids's hospital was hit in Kyiv. “There are no words, no documents, no political statements that would be sufficient to condemn the aggressor,” Tusk mentioned.

Poland, an EU and NATO member, is likely one of the most dedicated political and navy supporters of Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia. It additionally performs an vital position as a hub for Western navy help to Kyiv. Poland has additionally taken in virtually 1,000,000 refugees from its neighbouring nation.

Ukraine has up to now concluded safety agreements with the EU and 19 particular person states, together with the USA, Japan and Germany. These formalize the help already offered within the navy and civilian sectors and promise additional help for an preliminary interval of ten years.

In the early afternoon, Zelensky is scheduled to satisfy his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. The NATO summit to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the protection alliance will happen in Washington from July 9 to 11. The heads of state and authorities of the 32 member states need to focus on, amongst different issues, additional help for Ukraine. Zelensky can also be invited to the assembly. Since the airspace over Ukraine has been closed because the starting of the conflict, Zelensky has to take the land route by way of Poland for all international journeys earlier than he can journey on by aircraft from there.