Poland turned its back on Ukraine: Stop sending weapons after wheat

He was the first major European leader to go to Kiev as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and has so far been Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s main support in the EU. But faced with an election campaign that turned out to be more complex than expected and the need not to lose consensus among the core voter base of farmers, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not hesitate to turn his back on Kiev: first stop Ukraine’s wheat imports are disliked by large rural voters. And now, after Zelensky reported Warsaw to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Polish leader has also suspended the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian army.

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“We will no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine,” Morawiecki said in a statement to Polish television channel Polsat. The official justification is that Warsaw should now focus on replenishing its arsenal, emptied to support Kiev, with “more modern weapons”. According to the Polish prime minister, this will not endanger Ukraine’s security. Poland has so far been a major supplier of military aid to Kiev, worth 3 billion euros – almost half as much as the much richer UK – according to the Ifw think tank. Additionally, if you look at overall investments to support Ukrainians (including welcoming refugees), you can see that no country in the world spends more relative to its GDP (around 3.2%).

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But Warsaw’s generosity ended when Polish farmers began to violently protest the collapse in grain sales due to shipments from Ukraine coming through so-called “solidarity corridors” – export channels specially created by the EU. To overcome the embargo imposed by Russia on grain transportation by ship in the Black Sea. Faced with protests at the beginning of the year, the government led by the right-wing Pis party (Giorgia Meloni’s main ally in Europe) decided to impose a sanction. Stop wheat from passing through their territory. Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria did the same.

Bolstered by the support of EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski of Poland, Warsaw and others won permission from Brussels last April to ban grain imports, which will last until September 15. However, Morawiecki’s manager did not comply with the deadline or the agreements with the Commission and renewed the embargo, introducing further restrictions on flour and feed. So much for Zelensky, who reacted by reporting the situation to the World Trade Organization and threatened to impose an embargo on apples, cabbage, onions and potatoes imported from Poland.

Warsaw, a staunch ally of Kiev in the war against Russia, now finds itself at the center of a trade war with Ukraine. And there’s no shortage of flying rags. Polish President Andrzej Duda even compared Kiev to a drowning man: “Anyone who has saved a drowning person knows that this person is extremely dangerous and can drag you down,” he said. “A drowning person can ‘yes, hold on to everything.'” Duda added that Poland “needs to take action to protect itself” because “if a drowning person causes damage and drowns in it, they will not be able to get help.”

The Polish president did not specify how Warsaw could be overwhelmed. Perhaps what is meant is towards his party competing to stay in power: Political elections will be held on October 15.

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Source: Today IT