Warsaw, Poland: Poland is no longer supplying Ukraine with weapons as it is actively arming itself, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
He emphasized that the country will focus on arming itself with sophisticated and modern weapons amid rising tensions due to Russia-Ukraine conflict and Zelensky’s controversial remark on the grain deal.
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki’s remarks come in response to Volodymyr Zelensky’s allegations that certain European nations indirectly assist Russia through their grain export actions.
He noted that the opinion is invalid and unjustified towards the country that continuously supported Ukraine since the invasion began.
He added that every country has the right to defend itself against harm, and Poland is preparing for it by arming itself and prioritizing strengthening its defence.
Since the conflict began, Poland has been among the top three suppliers of arms to Kyiv, together with the US and the UK. The country is armed with various modern and heavy weapons such as Leopard Tanks, missiles and military equipment.
Poland provided essential support to Ukraine but is now halting the supplies amid a dispute about a grain import ban with Kyiv.
“We are no longer transferring any weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming ourselves with the most modern weapons. If you don’t want to defend yourself, you must have something to protect yourself with”.
“We recognize this principle. And that’s why we made increased orders,” Morawiecki said on air of the national broadcaster”.
The Ukrainian ambassador was summoned by Poland after President Zelensky’s remarks at the UN caused a mounting row over grain exports from Ukraine during their fight against the Russian invasion in Kyiv.
Poland was not happy with Zelensky’s UN speech at the 78th season of the UN when he remarked that countries restricting Ukrainian food imports are helping Russia.
Poland also says it will likely cut financial support to the million Ukrainian refugees it is hosting, which may further undermine ties with its neighbour. Since February 24, 2022, over 15.4 million refugees have gone to Ukraine, with the most significant number on March 6. Poland accepted 142,000 refugees in one day
Poland’s actions in the dispute over grain deliveries from Ukraine raise severe doubts about its reliability as a serious partner that can be relied upon in times of need.