Sovereign Ukraine key to peace in Europe says Polish FM

The sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine is the basis of peace in Europe, Poland's foreign minister has said.

Speaking on a visit to Ukraine, Zbigniew Rau sought to reassure Poland’s eastern neighbour.

Russia has built up its forces on the Ukrainian border, prompting speculation that Moscow might launch an invasion at the beginning of next year.

Rau met his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, the head of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, as well as Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk.

Following the meetings, he told reporters that the talks focused primarily on the geopolitics and security of Ukraine, as well as Europe and Nato countries as a whole.

"The Ukrainians know perfectly well that they can count on Poland," Rau said.

"Poland's policy is unchanged, we recognise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as the basis of peace and good neighbourly relations in Europe, and we strongly support the right of every European country to choose its political and defence alliances," he added.

Asked by reporters to assess the degree of threat posed by Russia, Rau said that "the situation is serious."

"The goal of our Nato efforts is de-escalation, primarily through deterrence, supported by dialogue," he added.