Espreso. Global

‘I am ashamed’: Poland’s former FM Sikorski on Warsaw-Kyiv grain spat

21 September, 2023 Thursday
20:47

Poland’s former Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says he is ashamed of the government’s actions, which has stirred up a conflict with Ukraine over grain

client/title.list_title

Sikorski said this on RMF24 radio.

He commented on the words of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that Poland would no longer provide weapons to Ukraine.

"Putin hears this and begins to hope that he can win this war. Even if this were true, even if it turned out that our warehouses were almost empty, why would he say this? Because they are competing for votes with the Confederation (a far-right political alliance in Poland – ed.), for anti-Ukrainian votes. They have returned to their stupid nationalism, which can cost Poland dearly, because the only winner in this situation will be Putin," the diplomat said.

In his opinion, finding a solution to the grain problem is quite simple.

"Instead, the PiS government is attacking the European Union and Ukraine, which is fighting for its life. This is outrageous. I am ashamed of it. I just don't have enough words," Sikorski said. 

The ban on grain imports and Ukraine's claim to the WTO

On May 2, the European Commission adopted temporary safeguard measures against imports of certain agricultural products from Ukraine to 5 EU countries. Initially, the ban was to be in place until June 5. 

On May 12, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary called on the European Commission to extend the embargo on agricultural products from Ukraine until the end of the year.

On Friday, September 15, the European Commission decided not to extend the ban on Ukrainian grain exports to the EU: Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia announced that they would extend the embargo unilaterally.

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit with the WTO against the EU countries that maintain restrictions on grain imports. At the same time, Poland said it would not change its decision because it was trying to protect local farmers.

Ukraine announced that it may stop importing apples, onions, cabbage, and tomatoes from Poland.

In response, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the country would no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine, but would arm itself. Polish politician Mirosław Czech said that Poland stopped supplying Ukraine with free weapons a long time ago, and the last tanks arrived last year or in early 2023.
Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Monday
24 June
09:35
Russia loses 12 tanks, 51 artillery systems and 1,300 soldiers in one day of war in Ukraine
2024, Sunday
23 June
21:23
Interview
Main task of next NATO Secretary General is to expand Alliance - Polish politician
20:59
India imports record amount of oil from Russia in May – media
20:40
Russia responds to Ukrainian strike on Crimea
19:59
Russian troops intensify advances in Kupyansk and Pokrovsk directions - Ukraine's General Staff
19:46
US support allows Ukraine to strike into Russian territory, disrupting Kharkiv offensive - media
18:59
Exclusive
Ukrainian general assesses chance of Defense Forces' counteroffensive
18:25
Updated
Ukrainian forces strike Russian motorized rifle regiment’s command post: video
17:35
South Korea to lift any restrictions on aid to Ukraine if Russia provides precision weapons to North Korea
16:31
Explosions rock Sevastopol: Russia claims downing 4 ATACMS missiles, 2 dead
15:50
Vietnam calls U.S. strategic partner after Putin's visit
15:05
Work or go home: German opposition urges deportation for unemployed Ukrainian refugees
14:30
Intensification of Russian attacks in Donetsk region may indicate start of summer offensive – ISW
14:03
Partisans in Russia burn relay box on Rostov-on-Don to Mariupol railway
13:32
OPINION
EU membership negotiations: Choice between two evils
12:50
Ukraine’s intelligence reports increase in Russian servicemen surrendering through I Want to Live Project
12:21
Russian troops attack Kyiv region with missiles, injuring civilians
11:50
Exclusive
Why Russia uses Sea of Azov to launch Kalibr missiles – military insight
10:59
Russian army loses 15 tanks, 61 artillery systems and over 1,200 soldiers in one day of war in Ukraine
10:33
Updated
Russia attacks Kharkiv with guided bombs four times, causing casualties
2024, Saturday
22 June
20:01
US closes Russian visa centres in Washington, New York
19:40
Russia drops about 100 guided bombs on Ukrainian positions, frontline areas daily
19:09
Exclusive
China will be very unlucky if Trump comes to power - politician Feygin
18:47
OPINION
Is Zelenskyy's Peace Formula being replaced by Erdogan-Guterres Formula?
18:25
Exclusive
Putin aims to destabilize Europe, paralyze NATO after destroying Ukraine - former Polish defense minister
18:04
Hungary doesn't block sanctions against Russia in exchange for Paks-2 construction
17:25
Ukrainian military destroy Russian equipment in Vovchansk sector
17:05
Launch of Oniks missile from Bastion coastal missile system
US bans Ukraine from firing its weapons deeper than 100 km into Russia
16:46
Russia tries to withdraw some units from near Vovchansk - Khortytsia troops grouping
16:27
OPINION
China's peace is connivance with aggressor
16:05
Exclusive
Polish Patriot can't be transferred to Ukraine: former defense minister explains why
15:46
Russian forces launch Kalibr missiles from Sea of Azov for first time
15:27
Exclusive
Putin's involvement of North Korean forces in war against Ukraine is adventurous idea - politician
15:06
Barbados, Marshall Islands join final communiqué of Peace Summit
14:48
EU to sign security agreement with Ukraine next week - media
14:27
OPINION
Ukraine starts negotiations with EU
14:04
Review
Explosions at Russian refineries, possible Ukraine-South Korea cooperation, situation near Borova. Serhiy Zgurets' column
13:41
Ukraine's General Staff reports 21 firefights in Pokrovsk sector
13:19
Ukrainian guerrillas reconnoiter airfield in Voronezh, where Russia keeps Su-34 fighters
12:58
"Documents signed by Zelenskyy aren't legally binding": former US officer spreads new fake
More news