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Zelenskyy urges Duda and Tusk to meet at Ukraine-Poland border: We must not delay

Zelenskyy urges Duda and Tusk to meet at Ukraine-Poland border: We must not delay President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reached out to the government and the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, amid escalating Polish protests on the countries' border, according to the president's statement.

Zelenskyy instructed the Ukrainian government to travel to the border with Poland by February 24.

"I ask you, Donald, Mr. Prime Minister (Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland - ed.), to also come to the border. Andrzej, Mr. President, I ask you to support this dialogue. This is a national security matter. We must not delay. The coming days give us a chance to do that," the president says.

He notes that he is ready to be at the border alongside Ukrainian officials.

"I want to address the European Commission now: we need to maintain unity in Europe. It is a fundamental interest of the European Union. Therefore, Ukraine appeals to the European Commission to have a representative participate in this meeting," adds Zelenskyy.

Situation at Ukrainian-Polish border

It has been tense since November 2023 when Polish carriers initiated strikes at the border. Although the border was unblocked in January after an agreement between the Polish government and carriers, protests resumed in February.

Farmers are currently blocking checkpoints and have recently declared a "total blockade" of the border, as well as started spilling Ukrainian grain. The Polish government has threatened to impose new restrictions on imports from Ukraine if an agreement cannot be reached.

For more information on the situation at the Ukrainian-Polish border, refer to RBC-Ukraine's coverage.