Szłapka on Sikorski’s comments: they are completely unnecessary
You have to be careful with words like these, because they can be harmful. First of all, they provide a breeding ground for Russian trolls to show that there is a lack of unity on the matter of Ukraine in Poland – said Adam Szłapka, chairman of the Modern party and a member of the Civic Coalition club, in an interview with ‘Fakty po Faktach’. He commented on the words of MP Radosław Sikorski on the “partition of Ukraine”.
The Civic Platform MEP, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski, was asked on Radio Zet on Monday morning whether he believed that the PiS government was thinking for a moment about the partition of Ukraine.
“I think it had a moment of hesitation in the first 10 days of the war, when we all didn’t know how it would go, that maybe Ukraine would fall. Had it not been for the heroism of President of Ukraine Volodymir Zelensky and the help of the West, things could have been different,” he said.
Under the tweet of Radio Zet with the above quote, Sikorski completed his statement on Monday afternoon. “It had a moment of hesitation in its policy towards Ukraine. And Orban has it to this day,” he wrote. “I also said that we have an agreement on Ukraine beyond divisions. Although we would not propose, as Kaczynski did, a NATO mission in western Ukraine without agreement with the Organisation,” he added.
Morawiecki: I call on the opposition to distance itself from Sikorski’s declaration
The politicians of the ruling camp reacted to Sikorski’s words on Radio Zet. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Sikorski’s statement “is no different from Russian propaganda”. “The former Minister of Foreign Affairs must weigh his words. I expect these disgraceful statements to be withdrawn. I call on the opposition to distance itself from Radosław Sikorski’s declaration,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Szłapka: You have to be careful with words like these
The chairman of the Modern party and a member of the Civic Coalition club Adam Szłapka was asked about the statement of the MP in an interview with ‘Fakty po Faktach’ on TVN24. “I think these words are completely unnecessary. They provide a breeding ground for PiS on the one hand, but this is less important in this case, but also for Russian trolls to show that there is a lack of unity on the matter of Ukraine in Poland,” he said.
“Certainly the part about the heroism of President Zelensky and the entire Ukrainian people is true in this statement,” he added.
He repeated that “these words are completely unnecessary.” When asked if he would say anything to Sikorski when they met, he replied that “it is enough to say that these words are simply unnecessary”.
“From what I’ve seen, he’s already explained what he meant on Twitter. You have to be careful with words like these, because they can be harmful,” said Szłapka.
He stressed that “now we need a common position of the whole political class in Poland in order to exert pressure so that our partners in Germany, for example, see that whoever will govern in Poland will want to support Ukraine.”
Szłapka about the visit to Bakhmut: it really is hell out there
Szłapka was recently on a visit to Bakhmut, where the heaviest and bloodiest military actions are currently taking place.
“It really is hell out there in terms of what is happening on the front line. This city is under constant fire. Virtually besieged,” he said. He added that “there is one access road that is constantly being shelled”. As he recounted, “constant explosions, constant bangs” can be heard.
He added that the city of 70,000 people “was turned into a ghost town, destroyed”. “There are about eight thousand people living there under constant fire, under constant stress, in a ruined city, without electricity, water or supplies,” he said.
“We went there as part of a mission organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation to deliver humanitarian aid, because that is where the needs are greatest and where the least is reaching,” he said.
Szramka on the ‘defensive attitude’ of some countries
Independent MP Paweł Szramka, a former professional soldier, was asked what was needed on the battlefield in addition to weapons. He said that it is certainly food.
“When the city was shelled, when in many places it does not look like before, there are no shops, there are no production plants, such a simple thing as [lack of] food can lead to the fact that soldiers are not so resistant to stress, they are not rested and nourished, and this makes their efforts for a free Ukraine, of course, harder,” he said.
He pointed to the attitude of some countries which is “defensive in relation to helping Ukraine”. “It seems that some politicians have become so disconnected from reality that they do not realise that there is simply a war in Europe, that people are dying, that there is a shortage of everything there – and they are wondering whether to hand over the equipment, whether to allow it, as if imagination were lacking,” he added.