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British PM to visit Poland for talks on Ukraine

09.02.2022 11:30
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit Warsaw on Thursday for talks with top Polish officials, a spokesman for the Polish foreign ministry said, amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Photo: EPA/ANDY RAIN

Johnson will visit British soldiers stationed in Poland together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and will also meet with President Andrzej Duda, the spokesman said, as quoted by the Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

Amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday that Britain would send an additional 350 troops to Poland.

The UK defence ministry's press office said in a statement that 350 Royal Marines would deploy to Poland to support the country "with joint exercises, contingency planning and capacity building as the build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border continues."

Britain last year sent 100 troops to help Poland deal with a migrant crisis at its border with Belarus.

The Polish president on Tuesday met for talks with his French counterpart and the German chancellor in Berlin, and the three leaders said that a war in Ukraine must be averted, amid concern over the Russian military buildup. 

Britain's Johnson last week expressed deep concern about Russia's hostile activity on the Ukrainian border in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the BBC reported.

Johnson warned Putin that any further incursion by troops on the border would be "a tragic miscalculation" by Russia, according to the British public broadcaster.


Source: PAP, Reuters