Relations between Warsaw and Kiev have been very tense for several days. Additionally, controversy was sparked by the statement of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who stated that “we are no longer transferring any weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming ourselves.” The words of the head of the Polish government are commented on by leading foreign media and opposition politicians.
Due to the grain crisis, relations between Warsaw and Kiev were not as difficult since the beginning of the war as they are now. The latest statement by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding arms supplies did not improve the situation. – We are no longer transferring any weapons to Ukraine because now we will arm ourselves with the most modern weapons – said the head of government.
The Prime Minister’s words almost immediately reached foreign media, where there were comments about the conflict and tense relations between the closest allies. – Kaczyński is probably the only man in the world who will give all his tanks to his neighbor, and when he gives all the tanks, he will declare war on him. This is the logic of PiS – said the leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Poland also commented on the prime minister’s statement. – It does not mean that Poland is not supplying weapons to Ukraine, because the contracts are still being implemented – said Wasyl Zwarycz. He expressed hope that this cooperation would continue. – This is not help for charity or philanthropy, it is also an investment in our own security, so we must do everything to stop this enemy in Ukraine, so that the Russian boot does not trample on Polish soil – added the ambassador.
The opposition does not hide its criticism
The government spokesman tried to explain the words of the head of government on Thursday morning. Piotr Müller explained that “Poland only carries out previously agreed deliveries of ammunition and weapons.” In turn, the Polish ambassador in Washington argued that Prime Minister Morawiecki’s words were distorted, that the head of government never said that Poland would stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, but only that we are not transferring them now because after we have provided Polish equipment to the Ukrainian army, we need our resources. complete.
– PiS members failed to cope with Ukraine, they wasted the achievements and efforts of Poles over the last two years and now they are trying to play on anti-Ukrainian sentiments. This makes no sense – said Paweł Kowal, MP from the Civic Coalition.
According to the opposition, the Prime Minister should not publicly discuss military aid for Ukraine, because these words reach not only voters in Poland, but also the soldiers fighting in Ukraine. – This is exactly in Moscow’s interests – says Szymon Hołownia, leader of Poland 2050.
– They have no credibility. They had a very strong negotiating position thanks to the openness of hearts and homes from Poles to Ukrainians after the outbreak of the war. They did not take advantage of it, the economy is not the first in the reconstruction of Ukraine – says Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, president of the Polish People’s Party, about the government’s actions. – Law and Justice is taking advantage of this situation in the election campaign because it knows that it will take away votes from the Confederation, which is anti-Ukrainian – comments Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, an MP from the Left.
The case of Ukrainian grain
When asked about the plan to resolve the crisis over the grain embargo from Ukraine, Agriculture Minister Robert Telus confirmed that he had talked to his counterpart in Kiev on Thursday. He said that he had presented him with a Polish proposal, i.e. the creation of a Solidarity corridor so that Ukrainian grain would not stay in Poland.
At the same time, the Slovak government – as announced on Thursday – has already concluded an agreement with Ukraine on the same matter. Meanwhile, in Poland, the Minister of Agriculture, who has spent a lot of time in recent weeks on the ground conducting an election campaign, when asked about the government’s responsibility for the crisis on the grain market, replied: “We make mistakes, each of us, but we did everything in this matter from the very beginning.” .
The PiS government did not see the problem of grain from Ukraine for almost 9 months, and then it entered Poland without any major controls.
Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka