Polish opposition politicians have criticized the Polish government for not being present in Kyiv with European leaders from Germany, France, Italy, and Romania on Thursday, despite government leaders heading to the Ukrainian capital three months ago.
Grzegorz Schetyna, the former leader of Poland’s main opposition Civic Platform, tweeted that “the absence of PM Morawiecki is striking” as photos emerged of German Chancellor Scholz, French President Macron, Italian Prime Minister Draghi, and Romanian President Iohannis visiting Kyiv.
“It’s the end of the Weimar Triangle,” Schetyna tweeted. “The ruling Law and Justice is engaged in an anti-EU foreign policy. This is worse than isolation. It’s stupidity,” he added.
Dziś w Kijowie są Macron, Scholz i Draghi. Po oczach bije nieobecność Morawieckiego i faktyczny koniec Trójkąta Weimarskiego. #PiS prowadzi niepotrzebnie antyunijną politykę zagraniczną. To gorzej niż samotność. To głupota.
— Grzegorz Schetyna (@SchetynadlaPO) June 16, 2022
Former Foreign Minister and current MEP Radosław Sikorski expressed his delight that “Poland has been replaced by the Romanian President for this visit… Good. Pity it’s not Poland, but the nationalism of the PiS government has consequences. President Iohannis represents the sensibilities and interests of EU’s eastern flank,” he claimed.
Good. Pity it’s not Poland but the nationalism of the PiS government has consequences.
President @KlausIohannis represents the sensibilities and interests of EU’s eastern flank. https://t.co/RPuE2fQkFF
— Radek Sikorski MEP (@radeksikorski) June 16, 2022
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hit back at the opposition’s criticism on Facebook:
“When we were the first to go to Kyiv when it was under fire, they told us it was unnecessary. When we were the first to hold a joint government session with the Ukrainians, they said that was senseless.
“When three months after our first visit, others are now going, they ask why we are not there. Our dear opposition has once again lost a battle against logic.”