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Polish PM, Ukrainian FM talk Western supplies, humanitarian aid

30.03.2022 19:45
The Polish prime minister and the Ukrainian foreign minister met in Warsaw on Wednesday to discuss "the military and humanitarian situation" in Poland’s eastern neighbour, officials said. 
Polands Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) and Ukraines Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (L) meet the media after their talks in Warsaw on March 30, 2022.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (L) meet the media after their talks in Warsaw on March 30, 2022. Twitter/KPRM

Poland's Mateusz Morawiecki and Ukraine's Dmytro Kuleba discussed Western shipments to war-torn Ukraine, which are being coordinated by Poland, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The spokesman for the Polish government, Piotr Müller, said the talks also focused on “further sanctions against Russia for its attack on Ukraine, including rejection of Russian energy imports.

Müller said it was “a lengthy and difficult discussion” about “obstacles that sadly exist in Western Europe” against a swift cut-off of Russian hydrocarbons.

‘Poland is a true friend’: Kuleba

Ukraine’s top diplomat thanked Poland for welcoming his compatriots who are fleeing the Russian assault, Müller told reporters.

Kuleba later tweeted: "No doubt, the times of need reveal true friends."

'Poland steadfastly supports Ukraine's defence efforts'

Meanwhile, the Polish prime minister’s office said after the Morawiecki-Kuleba meeting that “Poland steadfastly supports Ukraine’s defence efforts, including through supplies of weapons and drones."

It added in a statement that “both the European Union and NATO should be key partners in the reconstruction of Ukraine, in the reform of its defence sector and in building up its defence capabilities.”   

Meanwhile, Poland has called on the EU to swiftly grant Ukraine the status of a candidate to join the bloc, while also urging further sanctions against Russia, and “using all available methods” to document the Kremlin’s war crimes in Ukraine, the Polish prime minister’s office also said.

Later in the day, Ukraine's Kuleba met with the Speakers of both houses of Poland's parliament, the lower house's Elżbieta Witek and the upper house's Tomasz Grodzki, the PAP news agency reported.

Wednesday was day 35 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland on Wednesday reported it had welcomed 2.37 million refugees fleeing Russia's war on Ukraine.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda this month signed into law a measure to offer wide-ranging support to Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion of their country, which began on February 24.

The measure grants them legal residence in Poland and ensures access to education, healthcare and social benefits.


Source: IAR, PAP