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"Situation is critical": Poland's PM says coming weeks could decide fate of war in Ukraine

19 April, 2024 Friday
13:38

After the informal summit of the European Council, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the summit's conclusions contain a provision that obliges the EU to take measures to ensure the defense of Ukrainian skies

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PAP reported the information.

Tusk emphasized that among the topics discussed during the summit were security issues, especially important from the Polish point of view.

"President Zelenskyy emphasized the immediate, perhaps decisive need to provide Ukraine with systems that could fight Russian missiles and drones," the prime minister said.

According to him, Germany is giving Ukraine another set of Partiot batteries and has called on other countries that have such capabilities to join this initiative.

However, the prime minister emphasized that Berlin's appeal does not concern Poland.

"We currently do not have enough Partiot to share. No one expects this from Poland, as a frontline state," he said, adding that "everyone understands that we must protect our skies, particularly due to incidents with Russian missiles."

Tusk informed that the summit outcome contained a provision obliging the EU to take measures to ensure the security of the Ukrainian sky.

"A common intention was expressed that Europe should assume part of the responsibility for the security of the sky over Ukraine," he said.

The prime minister emphasized that the situation on the Ukrainian front is critical, and the coming weeks could decide the fate of the war.

"We are waiting for the Americans to make a decision on $60 billion for Ukraine. It should be decided within two days, but the question mark is still in the air," he said.

The prime minister also conveyed to Polish farmers the notion that checkpoints on the Ukrainian-Polish border must remain unobstructed.

"We cannot escalate this situation. Today we really cannot block Ukraine at our checkpoints. This is simply out of the question," the Polish Prime Minister urged.

Tusk does not believe that the Poles will want to weaken Ukraine today, so for now he is counting on farmers to refuse this form of protest.

  • This year, the Republic of Poland allocates over $215 million for the Podlasie military operational group, which protects the country's eastern border.

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