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Submitted by JP on Mon, 01/22/2024 - 16:10
Poland's PM Donald Tusk visits Kyiv, pledges support
Wojna w Ukrainie

On Monday, the Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy committed to addressing longstanding political disputes that have impeded their crucial wartime alliance. They also pledged to enhance defense cooperation as Russia's invasion of Ukraine approaches its third year.

Donald Tusk and Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev. Photo by Vladyslav Musiienko/PAP

- If Russia has a clear advantage in terms of weapons and ammunition, we will all lose. That is why I welcomed the declarations on joint undertakings with great satisfaction, said Donald Tusk during his visit to Kiev. The Polish Prime Minister said that Europe will find a way to support Ukraine, regardless of Budapest's position. Viktor Orban's government is against Ukraine's admission to NATO and the European Union and in December blocked additional EU financial aid for Kiev in the amount of EUR 50 billion. - No one in Poland has any doubts that Ukraine must be supported in its fight against Russia with all available means, Tusk added.

- Whoever silently supports Putin is betraying Europe in every dimension and this will be remembered and will not be forgiven - Donald Tusk said in Kiev.

You are not alone, also in the sense that this fight is taking place in every European country. Today, anyone in the free world who pretends to be neutral, has an equal distance, or shows it, towards Ukraine and Russia deserves the darkest place in political hell, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk emphasized at the press conference in Kiev. Source: Facebook

According to Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, the head of the Polish government "showed a complete lack of respect and attacked the Hungarian government's position on the war in Ukraine with unsolicited words", accusing Hungary of "betraying Europe, being un-European".

- Hungary is a sovereign country, whether Donald Tusk likes it or not, so it has the right to represent his own position on the matter of the war in Ukraine, according to which peace is needed as soon as possible. We insist on achieving peace in Ukraine as soon as possible, even if Donald Tusk holds a different opinion and advocates a pro-war position - Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó stated in Brussels on Monday, criticizing the statement of the Polish Prime Minister. - Hungary will not engage in the supply of weapons to Ukraine, but will not block the decision to send them by other European Union countries, Szijjarto said in Brussels.

Source: Facebook

- We have seen the events of the last few weeks in Poland and the Polish Prime Minister's concept of democracy - said the Hungarian politician. - We see opposition politicians being imprisoned in Poland. We see that there is no tolerance for opinions that differ from those of the government, he added.

"The situation, Mr. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, is that everyone in Europe has the right to their own opinion, everyone has the right to represent their own point of view, and therefore no one can be sanctioned, no one can be classified as non-European, and especially no one can be imprisoned," Péter Szijjártó said. 

Finally, the Hungarian foreign minister emphasized that based on the events of the past weeks, months, and years, it is clear that the war in Ukraine has no solution on the battlefield. "There is no solution on the battlefield, but more dead and more destruction every day. Therefore, Hungary continues to stand for peace. Hungary will not be willing to switch to a pro-war position, Hungary takes a pro-peace position. We think a cease-fire is needed as soon as possible, and peace negotiations must start as soon as possible," Szijjártó stated.

"Radek Sikorski, the great comeback. Nothing can beat brotherhood!" -  Source/Facebook

Before making a statement regarding Donald Tusk's words, the head of Hungarian diplomacy published a photo on Facebook of him talking to the head of Polish diplomacy in Brussels. "Radek Sikorski, the great comeback. Nothing can beat (Polish-Hungarian) brotherhood," wrote the Hungarian politician.