Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday said Ukrainian President Volodoymr Zelensky must “never insult” Polish people again as Warsaw and Kyiv are at odds over Ukrainian grain imports.
“I … want to tell President Zelenskyy never to insult Poles again, as he did recently during his speech at the UN,” Morawiecki said at an election rally.
Zelensky targeted Poland and two other EU countries for continuing to ban the import of Ukrainian grain in his UN General Assembly speech, accusing them of aiding Russia.
After Zelensky’s speech, Morawiecki was asked if the grain spat would impact Polish support for Ukraine, and he replied by saying Poland was no longer arming the country. A spokesman for the Polish government, Piotr Mueller, then clarified that Poland would provide what it has already promised to Ukraine, but nothing more due to “a series of absolutely unacceptable statements and diplomatic gestures [that] appeared on the Ukrainian side.”
Bloomberg reported Friday that the US was seeking further clarification from Poland on its support for Ukraine. Crucially, Morawiecki said weapons shipments from other countries transiting through Poland would not be interfered with, as Poland has turned into a major hub for NATO weapons deliveries to Ukraine.
The spat between Ukraine and Poland comes ahead of the Polish parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for October 15. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has come under criticism for being too supportive of Ukraine.