Polish defence firms ready to sell arms to Ukraine - Polish minister

by Reuters
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:06 GMT

WARSAW, Sept 22 (Reuters) - NATO member Poland is ready to sell arms to Ukraine if there is demand, Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Monday.

"I confirm that the Polish defence industry is interested in this direction," Siemoniak told private radio station Zet. "There are several products that may be interesting for Ukraine."

"If only there is a will and a readiness to purchase any elements of armaments in Poland, then Polish factories dream of nothing else but exports," he also said.

NATO officials have said the alliance will not send weapons to Ukraine, which is not a member state, but they have also said individual allies may choose to do so.

Russia is fiercely opposed to closer ties between Ukraine and the NATO alliance.

The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire. The rebels have blamed Kiev's forces for the outbreaks of fighting. (Reporting by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Christian Lowe)