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Polish president renews call for stepped-up military assistance to Ukraine

13.05.2022 20:30
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday reiterated his call for stepped-up international military assistance to Ukraine, which has been under attack by Russian forces since late February.
Polands President Andrzej Duda (L) and Estonias Alar Karis (R) hold a joint news conference after their talks in Tallinn on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda (L) and Estonia's Alar Karis (R) hold a joint news conference after their talks in Tallinn on Friday, May 13, 2022. PAP/Leszek Szymański

“Once more, we urge all-out support for Ukraine, in the military sense, by sending modern weapons, and in terms of humanitarian assistance,” Duda said.

He was speaking in the Estonian capital Tallinn after holding talks with the country's President Alar Karis and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The Polish head of state’s talks with Estonian leaders focused on further support for war-torn Ukraine and offering Kyiv a perspective to join the European Union, officials said.

'We won’t allow Europe’s borders to be changed by force'

At a joint news conference with Karis, Duda said that Poland and Estonia now had “completely different potential than at the beginning of World War II.”

He added: “We can organise support. We can talk with allies and colleagues about sanctions ... We can adopt various modern policies that are painful for Russia and can clearly show Russia that it doesn’t rule the world and won’t in the future."

Duda told reporters: “We won’t allow the principles of today’s world, the principles of international law, to be violated; we won’t allow Europe’s borders to be changed by force; we won’t allow it."

He also said that “Ukraine needs support today" and that this support should "take the form of EU candidate status."

'Political and diplomatic pressure on Russia’

While in Tallinn on Friday, Duda also addressed a security conference.

He said in the Estonian capital that his country would seek to ensure that Russia’s war on Ukraine remains a key issue for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which Poland chairs this year. 

“The Polish presidency will continue to do its best to keep the armed aggression on Ukraine on top of the organisation’s agenda,” Duda told the Lennart Meri conference.

He stressed: “We need to exert political and diplomatic pressure on Russia, counteract its propaganda and help document its crimes.” 

Duda’s visit to Estonia came as he teamed up with eastern European allies to lobby EU partners to grant war-torn Ukraine EU candidate status, officials told reporters.

Friday was day 79 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Poland on Friday reported it had welcomed nearly 3.34 million refugees fleeing Russia's war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, prezydent.pllmc.icds.ee