One of Kiev’s strongest backers has scaled back support amid an ongoing trade dispute
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky speaks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during an event in Warsaw, Poland, April 5, 2023. © AFP / Wojtek Radwanski
Poland will no longer provide arms to the Ukrainian forces, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said, adding that Warsaw would instead shift focus to its own security. The decision follows a diplomatic row over Ukrainian grain imports, which were banned in Poland after flooding local markets.
Morawiecki told reporters on Wednesday that the government would halt the weapons shipments, highlighting a growing rift between the two neighbors after more than a year of heavy support from Warsaw.
“We are no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine, because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons,” Morawiecki said. He later warned that additional trade bans could be imposed on Kiev, given that the “Ukrainian authorities do not understand the degree to which Poland’s farming industry has been destabilized” by foreign imports.