Prime minister outraged at Ukraine: "Never do this again"

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.23 - 2023 6:45 AM CET

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Polish prime minister outraged at Ukraine: "Never do this again"

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Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's Prime Minister, has made a fervent appeal to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urging him to refrain from making remarks that could be perceived as offensive to the Polish people.

This comes in the wake of Zelenskyy's comments during his address at the UN General Assembly earlier this week.

Morawiecki voiced his concerns during a meeting with constituents in Świdnik, a town located in eastern Poland. He emphasized the ongoing conflict in Europe and Poland's role in ensuring the continent's security.

"We know this and we are helping by sending weapons and organising the sending of weapons, because we are now primarily arming ourselves. But the hub in Rzeszów, this special logistics centre, has been and is operating now, and it will continue to operate together with our allies," he stated. He further highlighted the significance of the logistics hub in Rzeszów, which continues to operate in collaboration with Poland's allies.

The Prime Minister then turned his attention to Zelenskyy's recent comments, expressing his disappointment and urging the Ukrainian leader to be more cautious with his words. He urged the Ukrainian leader: "never to offend the Poles again, as he did recently during his speech at the UN, as the Poles will never allow this. And the protection of Poland’s good name is not only my duty and honour, it is also the most important task of the government of the Republic. We will defend our position in the current geopolitical context, and we know how that position should be formed," Morawiecki elaborated.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on 19th September, President Zelenskyy expressed his concerns about certain European allies, suggesting that they were turning grain supplies into a political spectacle, thereby setting the stage for Moscow's influence. Following these remarks, Poland took the step of summoning the Ukrainian Ambassador for clarifications.

The situation has also caught the attention of other European leaders. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda held separate meetings with the presidents of both Ukraine and Poland, emphasizing the importance of resolving their differences promptly for the broader security of the region. Additionally, Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová expressed her concerns about the escalating tensions between the two nations and called for mutual apologies.