Ukraine-Russia, Kiev-EU relations: Moscow’s forecast

After the recent tensions with the Polish government linked to the embargo imposed by Warsaw on the import of Ukrainian wheat

Moscow expects frictions between Kiev and other European capitals to increase after recent tensions with the Polish government linked to the embargo imposed by Warsaw on the import of Ukrainian wheat. “We see that there are some frictions between Warsaw and Kiev, we expect these tensions to increase,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a press briefing. “We note with regret that both capitals are now the main center of Russophobia,” he noted.

“We understand that friction between Kiev and other European capitals will also increase over time. This is inevitable – added the spokesperson – In the meantime, we continue our special military operation to fulfill the objectives we ourselves have set ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Russia and Belarus are taking into account the “threats” that may come from Poland, an “aggressive” country and sometimes responsible for “subversive activities”, the Kremlin spokesperson further declared.

“As regards the arming of Poland, in fact this neighbor is not the most convenient for our Belarusian comrades. The country is quite aggressive, it does not shy away from subversive activities and interference in the internal affairs” of other states, he Peskov said. “But our Belarusian friends and allies, and we, are on alert to potential threats that could come from Poland,” he added.

Kiev’s reaction

“Poland is aware that the real danger is Russia. We are and will remain allies against it. Polish territory is a logistical hub for the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and it will be the same in the future. It should be considered that Poland is in pre-election period, so it is important for them to protect the interests of farmers and agricultural producers.” Thus interviewed by Repubblica, Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office, downplays the concern over Warsaw’s announcement regarding the stop to the supply of weapons, stating that the “issue must be understood as a whole”.

“These days my approach to political statements is very calm. I am sure that after the elections the dialogue with our Polish friends will return to calm and we will resolve both trade issues and those related to our alliance and supplies”, he added . Finally, the prospect that with a Republican in the White House, support for Ukraine could disappear: “Investing in Ukraine, I repeat, is not an abstract concept. They give us weapons. And the weapons are produced by American industries that create jobs. The weapons are delivered to Ukraine, the money remains in the USA. It is therefore a benefit for both parties. Investing in Ukraine also means focusing on the destruction of the Russian army, which until yesterday the world was terrified of “.

And as regards Joe Biden’s possible pressure for Volodymyr Zelensky to start peace negotiations: “It’s not a question of whether or not to apply pressure, the point is that in Russia there is no elite capable of negotiating. We cannot agree on anything Russia will not even return to the state it was in before the war, when at least some rules were respected. There is no point in negotiating with them. To do so would give Putin the impression of having won and an incentive to blackmail the whole world “.

What Poland says

”The dispute over the supply of grain from Ukraine to the Polish market” will not ruin diplomatic relations between Warsaw and Kiev, ”it will not have a significant impact on the Polish-Ukrainian relationship”. Polish President Andrzej Duda says that ”he has no doubts about this” and suggests that ”we must resolve the issue between us”.