Poland plans to stop aid for Ukrainian refugees next year – government spokesman
Poland plans to cancel social assistance for Ukrainian refugees from the first quarter of next year, government spokesman hopes that "there will be no need to extend it"
Poland’s government spokesperson Piotr Müller said this in an interview with PAP.
The publication notes that, according to local polls, the majority of Poles oppose the extension of financial assistance to Ukrainian citizens currently residing in Poland. Müller stressed that all decisions on social assistance taken after the outbreak of the war were temporary.
"The decisions that were made after the outbreak of the war are temporary, and that's all I can say," he said.
Müller emphasised that the period when Ukrainians fled to Poland en masse has already ended.
"Therefore, these decisions are gradually losing their force, the act states that they will not be extended," the spokesman explained.
He hopes that "there will simply be no need to extend" social assistance, and when asked if there will be a further need for it, he said he "thinks there will not be."
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that relations with Ukraine have now entered a "period of decline", which explained his absence from the meeting of EU foreign ministers.