Politicians should look women and children in the eye and help them preserve their lives and independence, Mateusz Morawiecki said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on German Chancellor Olaf Stolz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders to pay a visit to Ukraine.
“I call on Chancellor [FRG Olaf] Scholz, Prime Minister [UK Boris] Johnson, U.S. President [Joe] Biden and French President [Emmanuel] Macron, as well as all EU leaders to go to Kyiv,” Morawiecki said in an interview published on Wednesday evening with the German newspaper Bild following his trip to Kyiv.
“They should look women and children in the eye and help them preserve their lives and independence,” he added.
At the same time, the head of the Polish government stressed that during his visit to Kyiv, together with the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovenia, Peter Fiala and Janez Jansha, he handed over an EU aid package to Ukraine. “In agreement with the leadership of the European Union, we have delivered an EU aid package that will include humanitarian aid, as well as defensive weapons. Because this is what Ukraine needs now <…>: hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles just to protect their homes,” Morawiecki stated.
Referring to the proposal to create a no-fly zone over Ukraine and send a peacekeeping mission, the Polish Prime Minister noted that “Ukraine, as a sovereign state, can request this at any time.” “This could mean creating a no-fly zone or sending a humanitarian mission to save lives,” Morawiecki summed up, recalling that NATO is currently providing humanitarian assistance to Kyiv. However, now, in his opinion, “not words, but actions” are needed. “If NATO had given clear answers, I would have welcomed it very much,” concluded the head of the Polish government.
On Tuesday, Morawiecki, together with Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovenia Peter Fiala and Janez Jansha visited Kyiv. In the evening, they met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other representatives of the country’s authorities. According to Warsaw, the purpose of the visit is to confirm the unconditional support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as to present a broad package of assistance to the Ukrainian state and society.
Following the talks, Morawiecki said that the EU should grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for membership in the community as soon as possible and help in obtaining defensive weapons. Kaczynski took the initiative to send an armed peacekeeping mission of NATO or another international format to Ukraine.