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Zelensky in Warsaw encourages Polish firms to join Ukraine's reconstruction effort

05.04.2023 23:30
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has encouraged Polish businesses to join efforts to rebuild his country from the ravages of war.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a Polish-Ukrainian Business Forum in Warsaw on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a Polish-Ukrainian Business Forum in Warsaw on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.Photo: Przemysław Keler/KPRP

Speaking at a business forum in Warsaw on Wednesday, Zelensky said: "When business works with the country, when business believes in the country, expands its presence – this is the most obvious confirmation that the country has a future. Thank you for believing in the future of Ukraine."

He added: "And I would like to invite all Polish businesses to join the reconstruction of our state."

Zelensky also said at the Polish-Ukrainian Business Forum in Warsaw on Wednesday that he was "grateful to Polish businesses for working with Ukraine and working in Ukraine, especially those Polish companies that are doing business in eastern Ukraine," Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported.

He thanked Polish companies supplying medical goods to Ukraine as well as those providing aid to internally displaced persons, according to Ukrinform.

Separately, Zelensky voiced his gratitude to Polish companies that had left the Russian market and "chosen not pragmatism but humanity."

“I am sure that we will preserve and fully demonstrate our economic and humanitarian mobilization when Ukraine’s reconstruction project unfolds in full force," he said, as quoted by the Ukrainian state news agency.

"We are already working together on reconstruction, but it is obvious that this is only the beginning, and the main thing is ahead,” he added.

According to Zelensky, Ukraine and Poland "are able to fill the entire space between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea with new safe and technological content," which he said "will bring economic growth" for the two countries and for Europe as a whole.

“Our social, economic, energy and cultural potential in the Baltic and Black Sea region, I am sure, will bring decades of growth for our nations and for the whole of Europe,” Zelensky said.

'We deeply believe in Ukraine's victory' against Russia: Polish president

Meanwhile, Polish President Andrzej Duda told the Polish-Ukrainian Business Forum that Poland's trade with Ukraine was "breaking records" despite Russia's war against Ukraine.

He said that Poland was Ukraine's largest trading partner and added that he hoped "things will stay that way."

Speaking during the forum alongside Zelensky, Duda said that "the Polish-Ukrainian economic, energy and social potential in the Baltic and Black Sea region will ensure decades of growth" for the two nations.

"We are looking not only at what is happening here and now in Ukraine, but we are also looking at what will happen in the future," Duda said in a speech at the Warsaw forum, which was held to accompany Zelensky's visit to the Polish capital.

"We deeply believe in Ukraine's victory. Ukraine will win, it will develop normally ... Ukraine will be rebuilt thanks to our joint efforts. It will be even more beautiful, and more modern ... ready for dynamic development, using its huge potential," Duda added.

He encouraged Polish businesses to become involved in the reconstruction of Ukraine and declared that the Polish authorities would try to create the best conditions for such cooperation.

"We would also like you to work together and set up businesses after the war," Duda said.

"I hope there will be no physical border between Poland and Ukraine after this war, especially when Ukraine becomes part of the EU," he declared.

Earlier in the day, Duda and Zelensky discussed a range of bilateral issues during talks at the presidential palace in Warsaw.

During his one-day state visit to Poland on Wednesday, the Ukrainian president also held talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Wednesday was day 406 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP, ukrinform.net