November 26, 2018 / 11:41 AM / 17 days ago

Poland sees no increased threat from Ukraine crisis - minister

FILE PHOTO: Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, in Washington for a meeting today with Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday that the current crisis in Ukraine does not pose increased danger for Poland but called for monitoring of the situation.

“The services have not reported an increased level of threat to Poland as a result of the situation in Ukraine,” Blaszczak told a press conference. “Of course this is significant to us due to the fact that we are neighbours both with Ukraine and Russia”.

Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea on Sunday after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors, igniting a dangerous new crisis between the two countries.

Reporting by Joanna Plucinska; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Toby Chopra

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