Poland stops the supply of weapons to Ukraine
The standoff over the export of Ukrainian wheat has prompted Poland to halt the supply of arms to Ukraine. The Polish Prime Minister has said that he cannot endanger the market by allowing the import of wheat from Ukraine, while President Zelensky has said that some European countries are making drama with their wheat
One of Ukraine's staunchest allies, Poland, has decided not to supply its neighbor with weapons, due to a diplomatic row over wheat.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has stated that Poland's focus is self-defense with even more modern weapons.
"We will no longer transfer weapons to Ukraine, because we are arming Poland with modern weapons," Prime Minister Morawiecki said.
Poland had supplied Ukraine with 320 Soviet-era tanks and 14 MiG-29 fighter jets. However, in the last week, the two countries clashed over the export of Ukrainian wheat.
Poland on Tuesday summoned Ukraine's ambassador over comments made by President Volodymyr Zelensky, after Poland, Hungary and Slovakia extended their blockade of Ukrainian wheat.
Zelensky had said that it is alarming how Ukraine's friends in Europe are playing with solidarity in the political theater by making drama with wheat.
Poland has opposed his speech as it has said that it has been a supporter of Ukraine since the first days of the war.
The Polish Prime Minister has said that Poland was helping Ukraine to defeat Russian barbarism, but would not agree that Poland's markets would be destabilized by the import of wheat from Ukraine.
Soviet-era weapons that Poland has donated to Ukraine have begun to be replaced with modern weapons from Western countries.
Arms supplies to Ukraine will stop once the shipment of artillery is completed in the coming months.
The ruling "Law and Justice" party has toughened its rhetoric in recent weeks due to the election campaign in Poland, ahead of the October 15 elections. The government has come to the defense of farmers, who have said that they are threatened by Ukrainian wheat.
The beginning of the invasion by Russia forced Ukraine to look for road alternatives when the sea lanes in the Black Sea were blocked by Russian forces. This forced large quantities of Ukrainian grain to end up in Central Europe.
For this reason, the EU temporarily banned the import of wheat in five countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, in order to protect local agriculture, which feared that Ukrainian wheat was driving down the price.
When the ban ended on September 15, the EU decided not to extend it, but Hungary, Slovakia and Poland continued the ban, even though the European Commission has said it is not up to member states to decide on broad trade policies.
Earlier this week, Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the World Trade Organization against countries that banned its grain. Ukraine has insisted that it is a violation of international obligations.
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