Polish PM’s remarks that weapons transfers to Ukraine would stop were misunderstood, says Poland’s president

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Polish President Andrzej Duda clarified Poland’s position regarding the transfer of military equipment to Ukraine. He affirmed that the new weaponry currently being delivered to Poland from the U.S. and South Korea would not be sent to Ukraine. These purchases, amounting to billions of dollars, are intended to modernize the Polish military, said the president.

This statement came after there were interpretations of remarks by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about military support for Ukraine. When Polsat News asked Morawiecki on Wednesday whether Poland would continue to support Ukraine militarily, Morawiecki mentioned that Poland is no longer sending any weaponry, emphasizing that Poland is currently arming itself with the most modern weapons.

“If you want to defend yourself, you need to have the means to do so,” Morawiecki said, hinting at the increased orders made by Poland to bolster its defense.

During his interview with Polsat, President Duda hinted at the possibility that as Poland modernizes its armed forces, some of the older weaponry that has been used by Polish soldiers might be phased out and possibly transferred to Ukraine in the future.

Duda said that “Prime Minister Morawiecki’s words were interpreted in the worst possible way.”

The government spokesperson, Piotr Müller, also clarified that Poland is currently not planning any equipment deliveries beyond those already contracted.

“In the context of questions about weapons deliveries, I inform that Poland is only fulfilling deliveries of ammunition and weaponry previously agreed upon,” Müller told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

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