US skeptical about Poland's proposal for Nato 'peace mission'

"A Nato peacekeeping mission is needed, possibly of a wider international structure, but a mission that will also be able to defend itself and operate in Ukraine," Kaczyński said. Andrzej Lange/PAP

The US State Department has expressed reservations concerning the Polish initiative for a Nato “peacekeeping mission” in Ukraine.

Poland's Deputy Prime Minister for Security Jarosław Kaczyński called for an international peacekeeping mission to be sent to Ukraine following a Wednesday meeting with the leaders of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine in Kyiv.

"A Nato peacekeeping mission is needed, possibly of a wider international structure, but a mission that will also be able to defend itself and operate in Ukraine," Kaczyński said.

Commenting on Kaczyński's proposal, Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US State Department, told PAP that sending US troops to Ukraine could only extend and expand the war in Ukraine, whereas the goal is to end it as quickly as possible.

He said that the presence of American soldiers and pilots on the territory of Ukraine has the potential to transform the Russia-Ukraine conflict into something even bigger and more serious.