Zelensky Says New Security Pact Includes Mechanism for Poland To Shoot Down Russian Missiles Over Ukraine

Ukrainian officials have been calling for NATO to intercept Russian missiles, which would mean direct NATO involvement in the war

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that a new bilateral security pact he signed in Warsaw includes a mechanism for Poland to shoot down Russian missiles and drones.

“We are especially grateful for the special arrangements, and this is reflected in the security agreement. It provides for the development of a mechanism to shoot down [by Poland] Russian missiles and drones fired in the airspace of Ukraine in the direction of Poland,” Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk after signing the deal.

“I am confident that our teams and the teams of the ministries of defense, together with our military, will work together to work out how we can quickly implement this point of our agreements,” the Ukrainian leader added, according to Ukrinform.

Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials have been pushing for NATO countries to intercept Russian missiles over Ukraine or to create a no-fly zone in western Ukraine, which would amount to direct NATO involvement in the war. The step would risk a Russia-NATO war, which could quickly turn nuclear, but European NATO countries aren’t ruling out the idea.

Russian missiles have briefly entered Poland’s airspace, and Russian drone fragments have been found in Romania. But the only time an incident led to casualties was when a Ukrainian air defense missile landed in Poland, killing two people. Ukrainian officials initially claimed it was a Russian missile in an attempt to provoke NATO intervention.

The Ukrainian-Polish agreement also commits Warsaw to training more Ukrainian troops on its territory. “The Ukrainian Legion will train in Poland and be equipped with the help of our partners. Every Ukrainian citizen who decides to join the Legion will be able to sign a contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Our teams are currently working out all the details of this proposal,” Zelensky said.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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