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Duda: Grain supply dispute to not affect Ukrainian-Polish relations

"Cooperation with Ukraine and its support have a historic character". 

Duda: Grain supply dispute to not affect Ukrainian-Polish relations
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Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the dispute over the supply of Ukrainian grain to the Polish market "is a side element of Ukrainian-Polish relations" and will not significantly affect them, according to PAP.

According to the report, Duda made this statement today in Poznan during the Congress of Reconstruction of Ukraine "Common Future". The Polish president noted that "cooperation with Ukraine and its support are of a historical nature."

In his opinion, the assistance of Poles and Polish entrepreneurs to Ukraine is "a great capital between our countries and peoples" that cannot be destroyed by a legal dispute.

"I have no doubt that the grain supply dispute is only a fragment of the entire Polish-Ukrainian relationship. And I do not believe that under normal circumstances it can significantly affect them. This is just an issue that we have to resolve between ourselves," Duda summarised.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Warsaw was stopping supplying weapons to Kyiv and focusing on its own armament instead. These words came against the backdrop of escalating tensions between Kyiv and the EU after the European Commission decided to allow the sale of Ukrainian grain throughout the bloc, lifting import restrictions that five eastern EU countries had initially sought to protect their farmers from competition.

Polish President Andrzej Duda later called this quote out of context. According to him, Morawiecki said that Poland would not transfer to Ukraine the new weapons it had purchased for its army. Instead, it will fulfill old contracts with Ukraine for the supply of weapons. 

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