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Poland isn’t sending new arms to Ukraine: gov’t spokesman

21.09.2023 16:00
The Polish government spokesman said on Thursday that his country was not sending any new weapons to Ukraine except previously agreed supplies of ammunition and armaments.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Mller.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller.PAP/Leszek Szymański

Piotr Müller made the statement in an interview with state news agency PAP.

He said: “Poland is only carrying out previously agreed supplies of ammunition and armaments. This includes deliveries resulting from contracts signed with Ukraine."

The government spokesman added that Poland still functioned as “a hub of international assistance” for Ukraine’s war effort against the Russian invasion.

Müller also said that in the months immediately after Russia’s February 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Poland "supplied tanks, armoured vehicles, aircraft and ammunition” that were “indispensable” in repelling Russia’s attack on Ukraine “and later possibly on European Union countries, including Poland.”

The government spokesman told the PAP news agency that recently “there has been a series of statements and diplomatic measures from the Ukrainian side” that “Poland doesn’t accept.”

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that some European countries were "playing out solidarity in a political theater" and “making a thriller from the grain," impeding Ukraine's efforts to preserve land routes for agricultural exports amid Russia's invasion.

On Monday, Ukraine’s Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko announced that Kyiv had filed a lawsuit against Poland, Hungary and Slovakia at the World Trade Organisation over these countries’ bans on food imports from the country. 

On Wednesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that “currently Poland is not supplying Ukraine with any military equipment.”

Morawiecki added: “Poland is now arming itself, with state-of-the-art weapons.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Thursday is day 575 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, polskieradio24.pl, Reuters