Rafal Trzaskowski called the criticisms of Poland over the grain feud made by the Ukrainian leader from the UN podium “exaggerated”
Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski. © Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s recent comments suggesting a lack of solidarity on the part of Poland were out of line, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski has stated. Ukraine and Poland, one of Kiev’s staunchest allies, have been locked in a bitter row over cheap Ukrainian grain flooding the EU country.
In an interview with Poland’s Polsat broadcaster published on Monday, Trzaskowski said that the Ukrainian president’s speech at the UN General Assembly in New York last Tuesday was a “very sad situation.” He added that “of course, Zelensky exaggerated,” and was “carried away” in his thinly veiled criticism of Poland.
However, the mayor, who is a member of the Civic Platform party, which is in opposition to the ruling Law and Justice party, also lashed out at the way the Polish government has handled the feud. Trzaskowski argued that the issue should have been dealt with quietly but believes the government chose the path of public escalation in the hope of gaining more votes ahead of next month’s parliamentary election.