Poland will not comply with Kiev’s request to shoot down Russian missiles flying towards Ukraine

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Poland will not comply with Ukraine’s request to shoot down Russian missiles flying towards western Ukraine, Polish Defense Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said on July 10.

Earlier this year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Reuters that Western allies, including Poland, could intervene more directly to defend Ukraine by shooting down Russian missiles.

In response, the Polish Minister of National Defence told Polish Radio that Poland could not make any decision on this matter alone and that this decision had to be made by the entire NATO.

He also referred to the US position, which does not want to escalate the conflict with Russia. Poland can only decide independently to shoot down missiles over Polish airspace.

Earlier this year, a Russian missile entered Polish airspace during a massive airstrike in Ukraine. The missile remained in Polish air for 39 seconds.

As reported by the spokesman of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paweł Wroński, the Polish government has been holding discussions on the legal consequences of shooting down the Russian missiles since the incident.

President Zelensky met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk this week to sign a security agreement that aims to further develop political, military and economic cooperation between the two countries and “close cooperation in restoring Ukraine as a sovereign and democratic state.”

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