Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week tried to cool heads in Warsaw and Kyiv after Poland expressed outrage over Ukraine’s decision to summon a diplomat over a comment about its lack of gratitude during the war effort.
Zelensky said emotions “should definitely cool down.”
The beef stems from an earlier comment from Marcin Przydacz, an aide to the president of Poland. He was asked about Ukraine’s criticism that Poland was in favor of extending the ban on some Ukrainian exports to the EU. Poland sees these exports as a drain on Polish farmers.
Przydacz expressed frustration with Ukraine’s position and said, “Ukraine has received really huge support from Poland” and that it “should start appreciating it,” according to TVP World, a Polish outlet.
Zelensky’s office was evidently irate.
Andrii Sybiha, a top official in the office, said Ukraine rejects the notion that Kyiv does not appreciate the help from Poland.
“It is Ukrainians who are protecting the values and security of our region and they also do it in the interests of Poland and the entire free world,” he said.
Bartosz Cichocki, the Polish ambassador to Ukraine, was subsequently summoned to Kyiv over the matter.
Oleg Nikolenko, spokesperson for the foreign ministry in Kyiv, said in a press release that the comments on Ukraine’s alleged ingratitude “do not reflect reality and as such are unacceptable.”
The Ukrainian response to Przdacz’s comment was not tolerated by Poland and prompted a swift reaction from Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister. He said the summoning should “never have taken place.”
“In international politics, in the face of the ongoing war, and taking into account the enormous support that Poland has given Ukraine, such mistakes should not happen. We will always defend Poland’s good name, its security, and the interest of no other country will ever prevail over the interest of the Republic of Poland,” he said.
Politico reported that Warsaw is about to have a general election in October and farmers have been hurt by Ukrainian grain shipments that lead to glut in the country and drove down prices. Five countries in the EU—Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Poland—have all banned Ukrainian grain imports to preserve their farmers’ incomes.
Zelensky tried to put the flare-up behind them and said, “We will not allow any political instants to spoil the relations between the Ukrainian and Polish peoples, and emotions should definitely cool down.”
TRENDPOST: The NATO alliance is fragile and the longer the war in Ukraine drags on, the more these countries will face political pressures at home. One of the key problems for the alliance is that there is a clear divide between main countries like Germany and France, and satellite countries like Lithuania and Romania. Berlin and Paris want Russian forces to exit Ukraine, but they do not seek regime change in Moscow because that will not happen.
Poland has been one of Kyiv’s top supporters, so this public spat is somewhat surprising but not wholly unexpected.
The U.S. and U.K. recently criticized Ukraine for not showing the proper gratitude for the support it received during the war. (See “WESTERN MEDIA NOW REPORTING WHAT CELENTE, RITTER, AND MACGREGOR HAVE BEEN REPORTING FOR MONTHS: UKRAINE WON’T WIN” 1 Aug 2023, “U.S. AT WAR WITH RUSSIA: PENTAGON APPROVES DANGER PAY FOR FORCES SERVING IN UKRAINE” 1 Aug 2023, “RUSSIA ONCE AGAIN CALLS NATO MEMBERSHIP FOR UKRAINE ITS ULTIMATE RED LINE” 1 Aug 2023, and “U.S. AT WAR WITH RUSSIA: WASHINGTON SENDING $1.3 BILLION FOR UKRAINE” 25 Jan 2023.)
Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, was asked about Zelensky’s public rebuke after being blocked from joining NATO.
Sullivan said Washington deserves a “degree of gratitude” for its support up until this point.
Ben Wallace, the minister of defense in the U.K., also said Britain is “not Amazon” when it comes to providing weapons and indicated that it might go over well in the future for Ukrainian leadership to show more gratitude.
Zelensky said Wednesday that he has always been grateful for the support he’s received from the West.
TREND FORECAST: The art of trend forecasting means you deal in facts, not what you want, hope for or believe and you question what the government and their controlled media is selling. The fact is that Ukraine’s counteroffensive has failed and it will continue to fail.
Ukraine has been sold a bag of false goods from the West and is just the latest casualty of Washington’s relentless pursuit of maintaining a unipolar world.