: Poland: Ukraine's participation in NATO's drills is crucial

14:01 Apr. 28, 2016

Poland: Ukraine's participation in NATO's drills is crucial

Lithuanian soldiers participate in the NATO Noble Jump military exercises on June 18, 2015 in Zagan, Poland. (GettyImages)

Germany opposes Ukraine taking part supposedly due to Russia's influence

Poland insists Ukraine should participate in NATO military drills "Anaconda-2016". This is according to the Head of the Operational command of Poland's Armed Forces Marek Tomaszycki. Speaking at a regular Sejm meeting on defence issues Tomaszycki insisted it is a must, referring to Poland's Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz and his predecessor Tomasz Semoniak.

Germany strongly opposed Ukraine's participation, as well as refused to allow the U.S. soldiers to enter their territories even in terms of military drills. Poland expects Berlin to alter its position, assuming though the reason of the refusal might be political pressure from the Russian side.

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Previously the Kremlin officials expressed their discontent with the currently unfolding NATO military exercises that supposedly threaten Russia's peace and taunt Russia's militants.

The drills "Anaconda-2016" reportedly start on June 7th will feature 31, 000 soldiers from 19 NATO member states, as well as 6 partner states from a joint programme "The Partnership for Peace" that includes Ukraine. The troopers are anticipated to conduct a range of tasks in the air and at sea. The participants will also elaborate the means of informational and cyber security and prevent hostile propaganda.

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