In the midst of the counteroffensive, Kiev loses one of its staunchest allies. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a television interview that Poland would not transfer "more weapons to Ukraine, because now we are arming ourselves, we have to defend ourselves." An unexpected statement a few hours after Warsaw had summoned the Ukrainian ambassador "urgently" to protest against the attack by Zelensky, who, in his speech at the United Nations, had pointed the finger at some countries for which solidarity with Ukraine is only "political theater", while with their actions "preparing the ground for Russia".
If tomorrow US President Biden will announce, precisely in the bilateral with the Ukrainian president, a new package of military aid - but it seems not the expected Atacms - Kiev loses its closest ally, even geographically, who felt united to Ukraine by the Russian threat.
"Ukraine - said the Polish Prime Minister - is defending itself from a brutal attack by Russia, I understand this situation, but, as I said, we will defend our country. We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine, because now we are arming Poland," he said when the journalist asked him about Warsaw's military and humanitarian support to Kiev despite tensions over wheat.
For months, Polish-Ukrainian relations had become considerably complicated by Warsaw's embargo on grain imports from Kiev. The Polish Government wants to keep Ukrainian seeds outside its borders to protect its farmers, who are an important electoral base for the current ruling party. Tensions have intensified since the European Commission's decision not to extend restrictions on imports of wheat from Kiev and the refusal of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to lift the ban.
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