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Polish PM urges delivery of longer-range missile systems to Ukraine: FT

27.03.2023 09:30
Poland's prime minister has called for the delivery of longer-range missile systems to Ukraine, saying they could help the Ukrainian military target Russian weapons logistics chains inside the occupied Donbas and Zaporizhzhia regions, the Financial Times has reported.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.Photo: EPA/RONALD WITTEK

Mateusz Morawiecki told the FT in an interview that he believed Ukraine's assurances that it would not use such long-range systems to attack Russian territory.

Morawiecki said: “I see the pendulum is moving towards more and more trust towards Ukraine in terms of usage of modern weapons,” the newspaper reported.

Speaking to the FT, the Polish prime minister also said he did not see evidence that China was giving substantial support to Russia’s military effort in Ukraine.

He added that a move by China to provide large quantities of weapons to Russia would be "very dangerous."

“I’m very hopeful that China will not decide to send weapons to Russia,” he said, as quoted by the FT.

At the same time, Morawiecki voiced skepticism about the prospects for Beijing’s attempt to broker peace talks in Ukraine, following discussions between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, according to the FT.

“I do not believe China is a good broker in those circumstances," Morawiecki said. "They are too much anti-free world and pro-Russia."

The Polish prime minister downplayed fears that the Republican Party could water down US support for Ukraine, arguing that the Republicans and Democrats were singing from the same “hymn sheet” with regard to Ukraine, Russia and China, the FT said in an article penned by Sam Fleming and Alice Hancock.

Morawiecki warned in the interview that a defeat for Ukraine against Russia would mean "the defeat of the West, and such a defeat would be bigger than Vietnam."

Monday is day 397 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPft.com