Monday, October 10 2016 19:46 EEST
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Petro Poroshenko: Ukrainian-Polish agreement on cooperation in defense has to be signed shortly
President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine, Poland, agreement, cooperation, defense, Crimea,  National Security Bureau,Republic of Poland, Paweł Soloch, Minsk agreements

Today, 10th October, President Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with Head of the National Security Bureau of the Republic of Poland Paweł Soloch.

The parties discussed the situation in Donbas. The President of Ukraine thanked Poland for supporting the decision of the European Council to prolong sanctions against Russia that must stay in force until the liberation of the occupied territories of Ukraine “to motivate Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements”.

The Head of State thanked Poland for its clear position on non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Russian parliamentary elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

The President is hopeful that Poland will continue active policy in regional cooperation, particularly in the course of its presidency in the Visegrad Group.

The parties discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation in military and military-technical sphere. They emphasized the importance of concluding the bilateral agreement on cooperation in the sphere of defense shortly.

They also noted successful operation of the Ukraine-Poland-Lithuania brigade. The President expressed gratitude to the Polish side for the facilitation in the professional training of Ukrainian officers and military doctors.

Early reported about joint military exercise of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine Maple Arch 2016.

The parties paid special attention to the intensification of dialogue in the context of Ukraine-NATO relations.

The Head of State urged to avoid politicization of historic background and emphasized the inadmissibility of anti-Ukrainian or anti-Polish sentiments that would only play into hands of the country-aggressor.

Also the Ukrainian delegation is taking part in multinational exercise “Allied Spirit V”, involving troops from 15 NATO countries.

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