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Polish president talks Ukraine with political leaders, UK PM

28.03.2022 21:45
Poland’s president on Monday held discussions on the war in Ukraine with top Polish politicians and the British prime minister.
Polands President Andrzej Duda talks to reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council, on March 28, 2022.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda talks to reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council, on March 28, 2022. PAP/Marcin Obara

Andrzej Duda held a telephone call with the UK’s Boris Johnson in the evening, officials told reporters.

The Polish president’s top foreign-policy advisor said that the conversation took place at the instigation of the British side and “focused almost exclusively on Ukraine.”

Jakub Kumoch revealed that Duda and Johnson agreed “to meet in person very soon, most likely in London.” 

The talks are set to explore defence cooperation and the situation in Ukraine, he added.

National Security Council meets behind closed doors

Earlier in the day, the Polish president convened a meeting of the National Security Council on the situation around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The advisory body brings together senior government ministers, speakers of both houses of parliament and leaders of parliamentary parties.

Duda said the mood at the behind-closed-doors meeting was “very good and very serious.”

The president said he had briefed the council on last weeks’ emergency summit of the NATO alliance in Brussels, Belgium, and on his talks with the US President Joe Biden on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki outlined his visit to the European Council summit, which was also held in the Belgian capital last week. 

Morawiecki described his talks with fellow EU leaders on Poland’s efforts to welcome refugees from Ukraine, among other topics, Duda told reporters.

President hosts top ministers 

Afterwards, the president held another meeting on the situation in Ukraine, this time with top cabinet ministers and military officials, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Among those present were PM Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. 

Monday is day 33 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland on Monday reported it had welcomed 2.32 million refugees fleeing Russia's attack on Ukraine.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda this month signed into law a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian attack on their country, which began on February 24.

The measure grants them legal residence in Poland and ensures access to education, healthcare and social benefits.


Source: IAR, PAP, prezydent.pl