NATO countries’ govts respond to Poland’s peacekeeping plan

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Photo: PAP/EPA

Prior to the extraordinary summit of NATO leaders which will be held in Brussels on March 24, government officials of several member countries of the alliance have addressed Poland’s peacekeeping mission proposition.

Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the White House, told the press on Monday that while the President of the United States ruled out the possibility of sending their troops to assist Ukraine militarily in its fight against Russian aggression. She has, however, stated that Poland’s suggestion to send a NATO peacekeeping mission to Ukraine will be discussed by the Biden administration, among other possible options.

The announcement came on the same day in which Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

Prime Minister Rutte stated that there are numerous questions his cabinet would have regarding such a peacekeeping mission, but that, just like the White House, any solution that might serve to stabilise the situation in Ukraine is worth looking into. He also said that The Netherlands find it very important to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Polish PM stated that NATO’s eastern flank has been strengthened and that it is something that “Putin did not expect when he was planning to invade Ukraine.” According to him, “10,000 American troops make for a real and serious force, which can serve as a deterrent.” He also pointed out that other NATO allies of Poland, such as Canada, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Germany, have all committed forces to strengthening NATO’s eastern flank.

Later this week, on Thursday, 24 March, a NATO summit will be held in Brussels. The summit will be attended by U.S. President Joe Biden, who will then travel on an official visit to Warsaw to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda the following day.

During the summit, Poland is to officially propose that NATO sends a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine, possibly with the involvement of other international organisations. The idea was initially suggested by Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, during a meeting which he attended along with the PMs of Poland, Czechia, and Slovenia.

He also pointed out that while other member states still need to agree to the idea of a peacekeeping mission for it to work, Lithuania and Denmark have already voiced their support for the idea.