Polish PM urges EU, US and UK leaders to travel to Kyiv in solidarity. Slovakia agrees in principle to send to Ukraine S-300 air defense systems

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has urged leaders of the European Union (EU), the United States and the United Kingdom to travel to the Ukrainian capital in solidarity with Ukrainians who are “fighting for the values ​​of Europe and the Western world.”

In Thursday’s edition of the German tabloid Bild, Morawiecki said that US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other European leaders should travel to Kyiv to look into the eyes women and children there and help them save their lives and independence. According to Morawiecki, Ukrainians are fighting in Ukraine for the values ​​of Europe and the Western world.

The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled to Kyiv by train on Tuesday and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to assure him of their support.

According to Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrii Melnik, even if this visit had symbolic connotations, “it gives people – over 2 million in Kyiv fighting for their city – courage.”

Melnik also urged Scholz to come to Kyiv in comments to Bild Live. “It would be nice if Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, could come to Kyiv sometimes, to see the destruction and to better understand what the people there have to do with it.”

On a separate note, Polish prosecutors have collected more than 300 witness statements in an investigation into war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro was quoted as saying by thenews.pl.

 

Slovakia would have agreed to send defense systems to Ukraine

Slovakia has agreed, after initial talks, to send Russian-made S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine, informs CNN.

Slovak authorities have previously agreed to provide Russian-made air defense systems to Ukraine to help counter attacks by Russian fighter jets.

For now, the US and NATO are trying to find a quick solution to complete the country’s defensive capabilities, with the transfer of these systems to Ukraine not yet assured.

Slovakia, one of the three NATO allies that have such defense systems in the army, wants assurances that they will be replaced immediately.

Sources close to the talks say that if a country supplies S-300 systems to Ukraine, it will most likely receive a US-made Patriot missile system in return to fill its capacity.

So far, Germany and the Netherlands have announced that they are willing to send Patriot systems to Slovakia.

However, integrating a new complex air defense system into a country’s existing military architecture, as well as training its forces to use it, can take time, experts say.

In retort, Russia “fired back”, threatening again the countries that are sending weapons to Ukraine, mentioning Slovakia in this regard. Russia said that these countries are getting themselves in problems. The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry has thus commented the Bratislava’s announcement on sending S-300 systems to Ukraine.

“If this decision is taken, and this is true not only for Slovakia, but also for other countries, they create their own problems … They create their own problems with their own hands,” said Russian MFA spokeswoman Maria Zaharova , for the Youtube channel Soloviov.Live, quoted by EFE.

On the other hand, Zaharova said that for the time being “it is not possible to talk about an active process of negotiations” with the West, because “for the moment there are only certain contacts on certain issues that arise”.

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