MOSCOW, 21 Feb – Vladimir Zelensky in Telegram channel switched to Polish and called on Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to come to the Ukrainian-Polish border by February 24 to resolve the situation with the transport blockade, declaring his readiness to arrive there together with the Ukrainian Cabinet.
Zelensky duplicated the text of his address in Polish. The video, published on his Telegram channel, also has Polish subtitles. At the end of the address, Zelensky completely switched to Polish.
Polish farmers are protesting across the country, blocking roads and entrances to checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. Activists reported that farmers spilled grain from Ukrainian trucks at the Dorohusk checkpoint.
Polish-Ukrainian relations have become significantly more complicated due to the embargo on Ukrainian grain. On September 15, 2023, the European Commission decided not to extend restrictions on the import of four types of Ukrainian agricultural products into several EU border countries, but obliged Kyiv to introduce export control measures. After this, the authorities of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland announced that they were extending the ban unilaterally. In this regard, Ukraine filed a complaint with the WTO. In response, three EU countries announced that they would boycott meetings of the coordination platform on Ukrainian grain.