Hungary and Poland have ‘parted ways,’ Polish PM Morawiecki says

Disagreement on the war in Ukraine has shaken Polish-Hungarian relations

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: M. Gronek, A. Główczewski

Hungary and Poland have “parted ways,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, referring to his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán’s recent statement made in Baile Tusnad in Romania.

During a meeting with Polish farmers on Friday, the head of the Polish government was asked if he agreed with the statement made by Orbán on July 23, when he said that the war in Ukraine had shaken the Polish-Hungarian cooperation that constituted the axis of the Visegrad Group.

Orbán assessed that the goals of both countries are the same “but the problem is of the heart,” claiming that Hungarians see the conflict in Ukraine as a war of two Slavic nations, whereas Poles “feel that they are also fighting in it.”

“I confirm the words of PM Orbán, that Poland and Hungary have parted ways,” said Morawiecki; however the Polish prime minister added that Poland did not believe it was a part of the conflict. “The war is being waged by Ukrainians,” he stressed.

Morawiecki also pointed out that the “heroic struggle of the Ukrainians is supported by arms — mainly U.S., but also British, Polish, and from many other places — from the entirety of Europe to aid in defending their sovereignty.”

The Polish prime minister explained that his country remained determined to help Ukraine “resist the overwhelming forces of the enemy and the brutal Russian invasion.”

“We want Ukraine to survive and keep its territorial integrity, its sovereignty. I believe this will happen,” Morawiecki added.

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