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Ukraine's MFA vows to seek solutions 'at all levels' for Polish border blockade resolving

Ukraine's MFA vows to seek solutions 'at all levels' for Polish border blockade resolving Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukraine will hold talks with Poland's new government "at all levels" to address the border blockage resulting from the strike by Polish carriers at the checkpoints, according to Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, on Instagram.

The official notes that the situation with the border blockade and restrictions on the import of certain Ukrainian goods by Poland is a "complex story." However, in Kyiv, they see Warsaw's readiness "to resolve the problems."

This was highlighted during negotiations with the Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, during his visit to the Ukrainian capital on December 22. Kuleba mentions that his Polish counterpart relayed "certain signals" from Donald Tusk's government during the meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, outlining Warsaw's vision for addressing the existing issues.

"Further contacts with the new Polish government are planned at all levels... they are already scheduled. We will be seeking solutions," Kuleba states.

Blockade by Polish carriers at the border

Since November 6, 2023, the movement of freight transport has been complicated at the Ukrainian-Polish border. The reason behind the border queues has been the strikes by Polish carriers, demanding a return to the permit system for our country.

Since December 4, a border checkpoint for empty trucks leaving Ukraine has been operating at the Ukrainian-Polish border. Also, on December 24, Polish protestors ceased blocking the Medyka-Shehyni checkpoint during the holiday period.

However, on January 4, the blockade of this checkpoint was reinstated.