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Ukraine border blockade crisis: Tusk wants EC head to step in

Ukraine border blockade crisis: Tusk wants EC head to step in Photo: Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (GettyImages)

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will hold a meeting with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. They will discuss the blockade of the border with Ukraine by Polish farmers, according to Polskie Radio 24.

"We must find a common solution to protect Polish interests and we will not abandon this. This also requires continuing technical talks, also with the European Union," Tusk said.

According to him, the meeting with von der Leyen will take place on Friday, February 23. He plans to draw her attention to the need to adjust European policy.

"We protect the interests of not only Polish farmers on the Polish border with Ukraine. This is the European border," Tusk noted.

He assured that Ukraine could count on Poland's full support in the confrontation with Russia.

At the same time, the Speaker of the Polish Parliament, Szymon Hołownia, said that to solve the problem on the Polish-Ukrainian border, it is necessary to involve EU institutions. He noted that a trade conflict with Ukraine cannot be allowed, as it will threaten the security of every country in the European Union.

"We cannot allow the situation in which we begin with our allies, with whom we share a fundamental geopolitical interest, to have differences that could lead to our disintegration," he said.

He also added that President Andrzej Duda should also join the Polish-Ukrainian negotiations.

Border blockade

In February the protests on the Polish-Ukrainian border resumed. Crossing points are blocked by farmers, recently they announced a "total blockade" of the border and also began to dump Ukrainian grain.

Yesterday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a briefing on the situation at the border, and then invited Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk to meet at the border.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced that the meeting of the governments of both countries will be held on March 28 in Warsaw.