Ukraine's defense ministry comments on prospects of Turkish troops joining LITPOLUKRBRIG
The issue of the Turkish military joining the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian (LITPOLUKRBRIG) Brigade or any other multinational brigade of which the Ukrainian Armed Forces are part will be addressed at the highest level, spokesman for the Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak said at a briefing in Kyiv on July 25, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"Certainly, the expansion of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade is being discussed. For the past years, they have been performing their tasks excellently in the context of security in the Euro-Atlantic bridgehead," Hutsuliak said when asked about the possibility of expanding LITPOLUKRBRIG by attracting troops from Turkey and other countries.
"But whether the servicemen of the Turkish Republic joins this brigade, or it’s going to be another component among the multinational ones, will be decided at the highest level during the talks subject to signing the relevant legal document on their cooperation," he added.
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In April 2016, Poroshenko declared that Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria were considering the possibility of establishing a joint military brigade following the example of the already created LITPOLUKRBRIG.