Bloomberg: U.S. seeks clarification from Poland on Ukraine support; why the scandal erupted and what are the risks
The United States demanded that Poland explain its military support for Ukraine. The American authorities are concerned about Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's statements about the suspension of arms supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
According to a senior U.S. Department of Defense official, the disagreements between Warsaw and Kyiv have not led yet to the cracks in the unity of the coalition supporting Ukraine. This was reported by Bloomberg.
A Pentagon spokesperson said that Polish officials have begun to openly discuss the possibility of suspending military aid to Ukraine. At the same time, he assured that Poland remains committed to supporting Ukraine, but the exact position of the country is unclear.
It is worth noting that Morawiecki's statement about stopping arms supplies to Ukraine called into question the unity that defined the relations between the neighboring countries. The US is concerned that disagreements over the supply of Ukrainian grain risked undermining European solidarity with Ukraine against Russian aggression.
However, a Pentagon spokesman said that neither Morawiecki's statement nor the disagreement between Kyiv and Warsaw would lead to the collapse of the coalition supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia. He also added that these efforts are likely to last for several years.
For his part, an anonymous European diplomat said that Polish diplomats had privately assured their foreign counterparts that military support for Ukraine would continue. At the same time, they noted that the supply of weapons would decrease. The diplomat also emphasized that the loss of support could be disastrous for Ukraine's military efforts, as it risks undermining NATO's unity.
As a reminder, the Polish authorities have announced that they will stop all assistance to Ukrainian refugees starting in 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.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also called on President Volodymyr Zelensky to "refrain from insulting Poles" after the Ukrainian leader's speech at the UN General Assembly. He noted that he would always defend the honor of his country.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the EU Council intends to force Poland to extend temporary protection to Ukrainians at least until 2025. The decision is expected to be made on September 28.