This attitude was symbolized when the Polish head of state, President Andrzej Duda, announced at the NATO summit in Vilnius that Poland has no interests of its own, but intends only to play the role of an advocate for the Ukrainians.
An article by Paweł Lisicki, published originally in Polish the conservative magazine Do Rzeczy, and published in English on Sovereignty.pl. To read the full version on Sovereignty.pl, please click here.
Children’s emotions are characteristically fickle and exaggerated. It is hard for me not to observe exactly the same in the attitudes of Polish politicians, or at least the majority of them, toward Kyiv. It is no real surprise that many of them are having problems coming to terms with events that the poor things were not able to anticipate. This is because they believed so strongly in their own propaganda and attached themselves to their neighbour with such great love following its invasion by Russia. Consequently, they don’t know what to do when they hear the media say that President Volodymyr Zelensky is apparently fed up cooperating with PiS and is putting his money on the opposition. They don’t know how to explain the ever more barbed accusations from Kyiv that Poland is manipulating, betraying, engaging in populism, and the like. How to respond to the Ukrainian prime minister’s words comparing Poland’s actions over grain imports from Ukraine to the behaviour of Russia?
Let us recall that since the start of the Russian invasion, Poland has taken a clear and radical position. First, as government politicians have repeated on many occasions, assistance for Ukraine was to be unconditional. No negotiations, no transactions. No attempts to gain benefits for Poland.