Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that Poland will cease its weapon exports to Ukraine, emphasizing the need for Poland to enhance its own military capabilities. The statement was released via the social network X on Wednesday evening and follows growing tensions between the two nations, primarily sparked by Poland’s ban on Ukrainian grain imports.
Regarding the restrictions on arms supply, Morawiecki expressed the necessity for Poland to prioritize its own defense, emphasizing the acquisition of state-of-the-art weaponry. He clarified that this move was not intended to jeopardize Ukraine’s security.
Morawiecki stated, “Our military supply center in Rzeszów, in accordance with agreements with the United States and NATO, has consistently played and will continue to play its established role.” Consequently, Poland will continue to facilitate the transit of military provisions from other countries to Ukraine.
This development occurs amidst an escalating dispute between Poland and Ukraine concerning Ukrainian grain imports. Poland took the step of summoning Ukraine’s ambassador due to statements made by Volodymyr Zelensky at the United Nations regarding Poland’s ban on Ukrainian grain.
In an interview with the Polish TV channel Polsat News, Morawiecki underscored Poland’s commitment to countering “Russian barbarism” but clarified that Poland could not compromise the stability of its own market by permitting Ukrainian grain imports.
He also affirmed that Poland would maintain its support for the transit of Ukrainian goods, highlighting that this arrangement was not financially burdensome for Poland and, in fact, brought economic benefits.