EU foreign ministers meeting in Kiev on Monday discussed support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s 10-point peace formula.
Poland was represented at the meeting by Deputy Foreign Minister Wojciech Gerwel.
Asked on Monday by the private channel Polsat News about the reasons for his absence from the Kiev meeting, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said that “it was a really important meeting”, but added that he had to stay in Warsaw for “many reasons, including health reasons”. . .
However, according to Z. Rau, “first of all, this happens because in politics, including bilaterally, there are periods of ups and downs between different countries.”
“At present, as far as Polish-Ukrainian relations are concerned, we are entering a period of decline, and my absence is partly an expression of this,” he said.
“Polsat News” asked Z. Rau whether his absence from the Kiev meeting was revenge for V. Zelensky’s words at the UN General Assembly, according to which some EU countries pretend to be united, even if they indirectly support Russia.
“I would not call it revenge, but three aspects are important in relations between countries,” Mr. Rau replied, explaining that he was talking about common interests, current national interests, which have now changed a little, and public support.
Relations between Poland and Ukraine became strained in mid-September when Poland decided to extend the embargo on some Ukrainian agricultural products, fearing that excessive imports from its eastern neighbor would harm agriculture. from the country.
The move outraged Ukraine and the country filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization.
Source: The Delfi