Russian invasion: why we decide to support Ukraine, Polish President, Duda | The Guardian Nigeria News


The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, explained the reason for Poland’s support for Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February.

Duda, who was in Abuja, Nigeria, noted yesterday that Poland decided to help Ukraine because it saw no reason for its invasion by Russia.

Calling Russia’s action imperialism and a brutal invasion, President Duda said Poland gave its full and unequivocal support to Ukraine.

“We support Ukraine in all its aspects. First, we support the Ukrainian state in defending its borders, in defending its independence, in defending its rights, its international position and international laws.

“Beyond that, we extend our support to Ukrainian citizens by opening our doors to them and offering them shelter. We also provide support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and try to help them protect their borders.

The president, however, expressed fears that Ukraine was not the only casualty of the Russia-Ukraine war, pointing out that the accompanying energy and food crises have spread beyond Europe to other parts of the world, including Africa.

Noting that the war also poses a potential food threat to Nigeria, the President said the memorandum signed earlier in the day between Nigeria and Poland in the area of ​​agriculture was a timely decision for Nigeria.

According to him, the relationship will help repair the area of ​​a relationship affected by war or the COVID-19 pandemic. He also pledged to bridge the gap created by the war in Ukraine by supplying Nigerians with products and services they received from Russia or China.

President Duda, who spoke through an Aneta interpreter, said Nigeria is the only country since 2013 to have a memorandum on strategic dialogue with Poland.

“And it is also the only African country whose citizens, due to ties and ties with Poland, are absolutely recognized in the country. We have Nigerians who have established ties with Poland over the 60 years of relations between the two countries.

During this period, the President noted that Poland has contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria through infrastructure, engineering and education, pointing out that many professors teach in Nigerian universities.

He added that the good relations were also reflected in the fond memories of Nigerians studying in Poland.

According to the President, the closer ties and opening up of opportunities between the two nations has led to an increase in the volume of exports in favor of Nigeria by 50% over the past two years.

Duda would leave Nigeria tomorrow for the continuation of his African tour.

Earlier, Poland’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Joanna Tarnawska said she was delighted to have her country’s president in Nigeria after 60 years of relations between the two countries.

In her words, the Head of the Foreign Trade Office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Justyna Sitarska gave details on the areas where Nigerians can invest in Poland.

She listed the automotive and electromobility, aerospace, furniture, yachting, food, electronics, fuels and energy sectors. Noting that these sectors are critical to the Polish economy, she looked forward to a long-term partnership that can support infrastructure development in Nigeria.

She was delighted with the Polish trade office in Lagos and she disclosed that they are working hard to foster trade relations between Poland and Nigeria.

Sitarska also pledged the agency’s support to potential investors. They include providing Polish market research to help identify good companies to partner with, supplier selection as well as price compilation.

“Then we are here for you. Whatever business you want to do with Poland, such as finding suppliers, finding partners for joint ventures or financing the project, please let us know,” she said.

A board member of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Zdzislaw Sokal, in his remarks, said he was delighted that the trade relationship between Nigeria and Poland has surpassed $1 billion.

He called for a closer bond towards a mutually beneficial long-term relationship.

Sokal, who came to Nigeria for the first time, praised the Nigerians for their hospitality.

The President paid tribute to two Polish professors who teach at Nigerian universities.

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