Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned Ukraine against establishing a close alliance with Germany, in a speech at a political conference yesterday and reported by local media.
The newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports today that during a meeting of the Polish Law and Justice Party (Pis) in Katowice ahead of the October 15 parliamentary elections, Morawiecki addressed his remarks directly to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "It seems that he will now have a close alliance with Germany; Let me warn him: Berlin will always want to cooperate with the Russians above the Central European countries," Morawiecki said.
The Polish premier then underlined the support given by Warsaw to Kiev after the invasion by Russia. "It was Poland that welcomed a few million Ukrainians under its roofs: it was the Poles who welcomed the Ukrainians; we helped the most, when the Germans wanted to send 5,000 helmets to besieged Kiev," Morawiecki said. "It is worth not forgetting, President Zelensky," the Polish prime minister stressed.
Also yesterday, Morawiecki's opponent, former Prime Minister Donald Tusk, led a rally in Warsaw in front of a large crowd. Tusk recently called on Poland to provide unconditional military aid to Ukraine, which came shortly after Morawiecki announced that Poland would stop sending arms to Ukraine to focus on its own security needs. Polish officials later clarified that Warsaw will comply with all existing agreements on arms delivery to Kiev.
At the Katowice conference, Morawiecki also defended Poland's decision to extend the ban on imports of cereals from Ukraine after the European Commission ended the ban. "We will defend Polish agriculture from Ukrainian agro-oligarchs," the premier said.
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