US seeks clarity from Poland over support for Ukraine after dispute

    WORLD  23 September 2023 - 10:21

    The US is seeking clarification from Poland over its support for Ukraine after Polish officials suggested that the country, a key ally, may halt military aid to the country, according to a senior US defense official.
     
    The official, who requested anonymity to discuss US policy, said Poland remains committed to backing Ukraine, but the country’s exact stance is unclear, Bloomberg reports.
     
    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier this week that the country has halted weapons supplies to Ukraine, escalating a dispute with its eastern neighbor that’s undermining a vital alliance in Kyiv’s fight against Russia.
     
    Though both sides later called for easing the tensions, the highly public dispute cast sudden doubt on the unity that had defined the neighbors’ relationship. The spat, which began over Ukrainian grain shipments that have become a political liability for Poland, risked compromising European solidarity with Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.
     
    Still, the US official said that differences among allies have not yet amounted to cracks in the unity of the coalition that has supported Ukraine, an effort that the official said would likely take stretch into multiple years.
     
    Polish diplomats have privately reassured foreign counterparts that the country’s military support for Ukraine will continue, even if on a smaller scale, according to a European diplomat. The person said that losing Poland’s support could prove detrimental to Ukraine’s war effort as it risks undermining NATO unity.

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