Deputy FM in teleconference with US, Nato, EU, OSCE officials

European security and the coordination of security measures between the EU, Nato and the OSCE were on the agenda of Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński's Friday teleconference with the organisations' high officials and the US Deputy Secretary of State.

In a statement after the talks, the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote that they focused on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and its impact on security in Europe, and planned measures to de-escalate the conflict.

The ministry wrote that Jabłoński, who was also representing Poland's current Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) presidency, turned attention to the mounting concentration of Russian forces on the country's border with Ukraine, and Russia's failure to respond positively to diplomatic steps undertaken towards it.

Jabłoński also expressed hope for a European security debate with the participation of all Euro-Atlantic countries.

Attending the talks alongside Jabłoński were US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Nato Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid and European External Action Service (EEAS) Secretary General Stefano Sannino.

Earlier on Friday Adam Bielan, head of Poland's Republican Party, said that he was on an EP delegation to Ukraine which was departing for the country in the coming hours. Bielan said that among the delegation members was Poland's former foreign minister and current MEP Radosław Sikorski.

Late last year Russia, which has been deploying large military forces on its border with Ukraine, demanded US and Nato guarantees that Ukraine will not become a Nato member in return for withdrawing the forces, and threatened military steps should the demands remain unmet.

Nato countries have refused the demands, stating that Ukraine is an independent state which has the right to choose its alliances alone.

In a Thursday telephone conversation, US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky that the US would offer a "decided response" to any Russian move against Ukraine. Biden also promised economic aid for Ukraine.

Earlier in the week Polish President Andrzej Duda discussed the situation around Ukraine in a teleconference with US President Joe Biden and the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Britain, the EU and Nato.