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Poland’s opposition leader calls for continued military support for Ukraine

26.09.2023 13:30
Poland must remain steadfast in supporting Ukraine’s war effort against the Russian invasion, in the interest of national security, the leader of the country’s main opposition grouping, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), has said.
The Civic Coalition leader Donald Tusk.
The Civic Coalition leader Donald Tusk.PAP/Szymon Pulcyn

Donald Tusk made the statement at a news conference in Warsaw on Tuesday, Polish state news agency PAP reported. 

The Civic Coalition leader, a former Polish prime minister, said: “It is obviously in Poland’s national interest that Ukraine wins. This will also have an impact on economic issues and on refugee issues, but the Polish state must not move an inch in this matter.”

Tusk, a former president of the European Council, stressed: “Support for Ukraine’s war effort must not be questioned.”

He added that the help and solidarity shown by Polish people towards Ukrainians represented “priceless capital.”

The Civic Coalition leader stated that Poland’s continued support for Ukraine, including military assistance, should “be effective in helping Ukraine win the war against Russia, as well as boost Poland’s security and defence capabilities.”

Tusk also stressed that “Polish-Ukrainian railway infrastructure is necessary to ensure that the export of Ukrainian agricultural products does not pose a threat to the Polish farming sector.”

Tuesday is day 580 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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

Last month, Poland's lawmakers approved a government plan to combine the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 15, with a nationwide referendum on issues including the retirement age and illegal migration.

Voters will head to the ballot box to elect 460 new MPs and 100 senators for a four-year term.

The ruling conservative Law and Justice party and its government coalition allies have maintained a clear lead over the opposition in most recent surveys, polling ahead of the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the far-right Confederation group, and the Third Way coalition of the rural-based Polish People’s Party (PSL) and the centre-right Poland 2050 grouping.

The ruling conservatives in 2019 won a convincing victory over opposition parties at the ballot box, securing a second term in power.


Source: PAP, dziennik.pl