The European Union will reimburse Poland for a big a part of the prices of arms it has donated to Ukraine to assist Kyiv defend itself from Russia’s invasion, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has revealed. Poland has been the second largest donor of navy gear to Ukraine on the earth this yr.
“Yesterday, I mentioned this with the European Fee,” mentioned Morawiecki on Saturday, following a go to to Brussels the day before today for a European Council summit.
“The European Fee will to a big extent, or at the least in a big half, to talk safely, reimburse our bills and these weapons of ours that we now have given to Ukraine,” containued the prime minister, quoted by the Polish Press Company (PAP).
Earlier this month, President Andrzej Duda mentioned that Poland has supplied Ukraine with arms and different navy gear value at the least $1.7 billion. That has included over 200 T-72 tanks, 18 Krab self-propelled tracked gun-howitzers, and a lot of Piorun moveable surface-to-air missiles.
In accordance with the “Ukraine Help Tracker” compiled by the Kiel Institute for the World Economic system, Poland has dedicated to offering extra weapons and gear to Ukraine since January than any nation apart from america.
When it comes to all types of support (navy, humanitarian and monetary) in relation to inhabitants, Poland had given greater than any nation apart from Estonia and Latvia.
Talking on Saturday, Morawiecki mentioned that Poland had “executed the fitting factor” by offering a lot help. However he additionally reassured that “we didn’t weaken our capability in such a manner that we may concern that we have been weak right here, completely not”.
“If in the present day Poland is on the lips of virtually all of the leaders of the entire world and Poland is spoken of so effectively in each language of the world, besides perhaps Russian, that is your doing, that is the doing of the Poles,” mentioned Morawiecki.
The prime minister additionally famous that giving gear to Ukraine was very important for the defence of Poland too: “At present the battle for a free Poland is happening on the Donetsk-Lugansk entrance line.”
Throughout his remarks earlier this month, nonetheless, Duda reiterated that Poland expects its allies to assist make up the shortfall of the gear it has given to Ukraine. He had beforehand accused Germany of reneging on a promise to offer Poland with tanks, one thing Berlin denies.
Poland has given Ukraine navy support value at the least $1.7bn, expects allies to assist fill the gaps
Foremost photograph credit score: Leszek Chemperek/MON (beneath CC BY 3.0 PL)
Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.