"We are entering a period of decline in relations": Polish Foreign Minister explains why he did not come to Kyiv for the EU Ministerial Council
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has explained why he refused to come to Ukraine for the EU Council of Ministers. According to him, he declined the invitation because of the decline in Polish-Ukrainian relations.
The diplomat also explained his decision by his poor health. Zbigniew Rau said this on Polsat News.
The head of the diplomatic ministry said that Poland and Ukraine have a common interest - both countries want to stop Russian imperialism.
The Polish diplomat called the meeting of the EU Council of Ministers in Kyiv important, but added that his absence at the meeting was an expression of the decline in Polish-Ukrainian relations.
"There are many reasons, including my health. But first and foremost, it is due to the fact that in politics, in particular bilateral politics, between the countries, we are in a period of decline in relations between Poland and Ukraine. We are entering a period of decline, and my absence is partly an expression of this," said Zbigniew Rau.
In addition, the diplomat emphasized that the criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the UN General Assembly against Poland has shaken the trust of Polish society in the current policy of the Ukrainian government.
"The incident with the transfer of the sectoral dispute to an international forum, and in the way it happened - at a meeting of the UN General Assembly - has led to the fact that the trust of our society in the current policy of the Ukrainian government towards Poland has been shaken," Rau said.
As a reminder, a meeting of European Union foreign ministers took place in Kyiv on October 2. Diplomats gathered to express their solidarity and support for the Ukrainian people.
Earlier it was reported that the United States demanded explanations from Poland regarding military support for Ukraine. The American authorities are concerned about the statements of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki about the termination of arms supplies to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Later, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that his country would continue to provide military assistance to Ukraine. However, he clarified that such an opportunity would arise if the Polish army received new weapons.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the Polish authorities announced that they would stop all assistance to Ukrainian refugees from 2024. In particular, they were going to deprive them of the right to free access to healthcare, education, and the labor market, as well as the opportunity to legally stay in the country and receive benefits.
At the same time, the EU Council intends to actually force Poland to extend temporary protection to Ukrainians until at least 2025.