Poland-Ukraine meeting at border ‘not the safest place’, President’s aid suggests Warsaw or Lublin

Protests by Polish farmers on the Ukrainian-Polish border, February 18, 2024
Protests by Polish farmers on the Ukrainian-Polish border, February 18, 2024

The border between Poland and Ukraine "is not the safest place,” Poland’s Secretary of State, Andrzej Dera, told TVN24 on Feb. 21, referring to farmer protests along the border.

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This statement was made in response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's appeal for a meeting between the two countries.

Zelenskyy directed his government to be at the border by February 24, inviting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to join. Dera highlighted that Polish President Andrzej Duda supports the idea of the meeting and is "doing everything in this spirit to help Ukraine."

When questioned about Duda acting as a "patron" for the meeting, Dera noted the need for discussions to occur between the Ukrainian government and the Polish administration led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, "with the significant inclusion of EU representatives."

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Dera suggested that negotiations would be safer and more productive in Warsaw or other Polish cities like Rzeszów or Lublin, rather than at the border.

"Of course, these won't be lengthy discussions, as they can't happen there,” Dera said.

“It's about the symbol. The idea is to clear the border."

He attributed the root of the conflict to the "drastically different agricultural production standards between Ukraine and the EU," which, he argued, has led to disparities in product pricing in Ukraine and has placed Polish farmers in a struggle for survival.

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