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EU says Ukraine can negotiate arms supplies – but without it

Ukraine can negotiate military assistance with any country in the world, but the EU has no plans to supply lethal weapons.

EU says Ukraine can negotiate arms supplies - but without it

However, the position of the European Union may change in the event of escalation of the conflict in the Donbas, says Henryk Litwin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Ukraine.

"The statements of the Polish leaders and politicians in this respect were univocal. We believe that this possibility can not be limited: Ukraine can feel free to negotiate the supply of weapons with any state. However, we also agree with the position of the European Union, whose members believe that the decision to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons should wait. There is no doubt that the change of the situation in the east of Ukraine may lead to a change in our position on a number of issues related to the country. This will allow us to convince our colleagues and partners on these issues," he said.

At the same time, Henryk Litwin noted that the establishment of the Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian brigade was an important step in adaptation of the Ukrainian military for NATO standards.

"We believe that this is a way to introduce NATO standards in the construction of the structure of the armed forces to Ukraine. The brigade should be the structure for military training of the Ukrainian soldiers in the NATO environment. In addition, it would be a symbolic act of cooperation between neighboring countries, which create the body able to be used in various peacekeeping operations together," he said.