Poland to send older weapons to Ukraine to fulfill existing agreements: President

Poland’s president says his country will fulfill existing arms supply agreements with Kiev but it may only send more of its older weapons to the country.

President Andrzej Duda made the remarks to walk back his prime minister’s comments about not providing Kiev with more weapons.

Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, said on Wednesday that the country is “no longer transferring weapons to Ukraine because we are now arming Poland with more modern weapons.”

Duda said on Thursday that Morawiecki’s remarks were “interpreted in the worst possible way.”

“In my opinion, the prime minister meant that we won’t be transferring to Ukraine the new weaponry that we’re currently buying as we modernize the Polish army.”

“As we receive the new weaponry from the US and South Korea, we will be releasing the weaponry currently used by the Polish army. Perhaps we will transfer it to Ukraine,” the president added.

Poland, one of Kiev’s closest allies, is also a key transit country for weaponry that the United States and other Western supporters are sending to Ukraine. Poland has already sent Ukraine 320 Soviet-era tanks and 14 MiG-29 fighter jets.

It has also signed multiple arms deals, including with the United States and South Korea, from whom it ordered K2 “Black Panther” tanks and K9 howitzers.


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