Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that Poland would no longer arm Ukraine and focus only on its own security. The Prime Minister made the statement hours after Warsaw summoned Ukraine’s ambassador over a dispute over grain exports.
“We will no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland with modern weapons,” Morawiecki said when asked by a journalist. Kiev Continued support for grain exports despite differences of opinion.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Poland has been one of its neighbors’ closest allies. It is one of the major arms suppliers Kiev and provides shelter to approximately 1 million Ukrainian refugees who receive various forms of government assistance.
Poland is upset by statements made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday during a meeting of the United Nations in New York. He said the “political drama” surrounding grain exports from his country was only playing into Russia’s hands. Zelenskiy refers to the embargo imposed by Poland, Hungary and Slovakia on grain imports from Ukraine.
According to Warsaw, putting pressure on Poland in an international arena like the UN is not the way to resolve the dispute between the two allies. There is no need for countries to fight in the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Poland. Kiev Poland, Hungary and Slovakia complained there on Monday about the conduct.
Last spring, the European Union banned the export of Ukrainian agricultural products to certain member states concerned with their own agricultural sector. Last week the European Union announced it would end it, but all three countries continued their own bans.
The issue is especially important in Poland, where elections are held next month. Prime Minister Morawiecki’s right-wing populist ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), is particularly strong in areas dependent on agriculture. (AP)
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