Poland’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Bartosz Tsihotski, was summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv on August 1 to explain the comment made by Marcin Prydacz, an associate of Polish President Andrzej Duda, about Ukraine’s “ingratitude” to Poland’s help, reported Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko on Aug. 1.
Prydacz is the head of the international policy office in Duda’s administration. Tsihotskyi was informed during the meeting that statements about the alleged ingratitude of the Ukrainian people for Poland’s help “are untrue and unacceptable,” said Nikolenko.
He noted that politics should not call into question the mutual understanding and strength of relations between Ukrainians and Poles, adding that he’s convinced that the “Ukrainian-Polish friendship is much deeper than political expediency.”
“No statements will prevent us from jointly winning peace and building a common European future,” said Nikolenko.
In an interview with Polish mass media, Prydacz said that Ukraine “should start appreciating the role that Poland has played for Ukraine in recent months and years.”
This statement was made against the backdrop of the blockading of Ukrainian grain exports through Poland.
Russia announced its unilateral withdrawal from the grain agreement on July 17, justifying the decision on the latest attack on the illegally built Crimea bridge. At the same time, the Kremlin regime withdrew “safety guarantees” for shipping in the Black Sea.
On the same day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi offered to continue to implement the grain agreement without Russia, working together with Türkiye and the UN.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed through the mediation of the UN and Turkiye last July, made it possible to unblock three Ukrainian ports for food exports. The grain corridor had been operating since Aug. 1, 2022, despite regular provocations and threats by the Russians.
Russia announced on July 19 that it would consider all sea vessels bound for Ukrainian ports to be “militarytargets”.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry responded by warning that it would consider all ships bound for Russia’s Black Sea ports, as well as ports in the temporarily occupied territories, as “carrying military cargo, with all the inherent risks.”
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