Polish president ‘sees no problem’ with restarting weapons supply to Ukraine after Warsaw restocks

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda addresses the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly

The Polish president has appeared to extend an olive branch to Ukraine, after a testing couple of weeks between Warsaw and Kyiv.

A very public and bitter spat over grain deals, aid packages and refugees eventually led to Poland saying it would no longer supply Ukraine with weapons – leaving Kyiv scrambling to repair relations. 

Now, President Andrzej Duda has admitted that President Zelenskyy’s inflammatory comments at the UN General Assembly could have been down to stress, and discussed the possibility of restarting weapons supplies to Kyiv.

“Let’s not forget that Zelenskyy is under enormous pressure,” he told Polish newspaper Super Express in a wide-ranging interview

“He is sending people to the front, often to their deaths.”

Discussing defence spending, he said new equipment “must serve to strengthen the Polish army”, before more can be sent to Ukraine. 

“We are not spending billions for us to suddenly give it away,” he said.

“But that doesn’t mean that we won’t hand over armaments to Ukraine at all.”

He then outlined under what circumstances supplies could begin again. 

“When the old equipment is replaced by modern equipment, I don’t see a problem with sending that [old equipment] to the Ukrainians,” he said, in what will be a boost for Kyiv. 

“We need to get our emotions under control, because let’s remember who will benefit most if the paths of Poland and Ukraine diverge. The consequences could be tragic.”

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