Polish politician denies Morawiecki's statement that Poland no longer transfers weapons to Ukraine
Polish politician Mirosław Czech says that Poland stopped supplying Ukraine with free weapons a long time ago, and the last tanks arrived last year or in early 2023
He said this on Espreso TV.
"Ukrainians can now see what the cuisine of Polish politics looks like and the content that is broadcast, taking into account electoral interests. Unfortunately, I have to say that we need to be patient until October 15, the day of the parliamentary elections in Poland. We need to understand that the election campaign is densely composed, it is deep, and any kind of misrepresentation is used. The statement of Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki is a lie. First of all, Poland stopped supplying Ukraine with free weapons a long time ago, last year or in early 2023, the last tanks arrived, and that was the end of it," the Polish politician said.
Mirosław Czech explained that in return for this assistance, Poland received about EUR 335 million from the United States and the European Fund for the supply of weapons to Ukraine. For the weapons it has already delivered, Poland will receive a total of about EUR 900 million. That is, there was help, everyone recognizes this, and gratitude is boundless. But on the other hand, we need to understand that there are normal interests and payments behind this, and there is nothing wrong with that. It is right that Poland receives compensation for the weapons it received.
"Secondly, contracts are being implemented for the supply of weapons manufactured in Poland for Ukraine. These contracts are paid for and are between enterprises and Ukrainian public or private companies. The weapons supplied include, among other things, the famous Polish self-propelled howitzers AHS Krab, which the Ukrainian military praises. In addition, German weapons and Leopards are being repaired in Poland. And Germany pays for this repair, while Polish workers receive money. Nothing terrible is happening. And Prime Minister Morawiecki wanted to show how tough and strict he was and how he would show Ukrainians their place. Unfortunately, the rhetoric is escalating," the public figure summarized.
Czech added that in terms of public opinion in Poland, polls in August-September showed that the PIS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) party took a 2-3% bite out of the anti-Ukrainian and pro-Russian configuration. There is a part of Polish voters who are against helping Ukraine, taking into account the interests of Russia. The society is democratic, there are different views, and parties choose the appropriate strategy for themselves. Unfortunately, PIS has chosen a strongly anti-Ukrainian strategy.
On September 20, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the country was no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine.