Polish convoy of medical supplies leaves for Ukraine and Moldova

The Polish government is sending personal protection equipment, gloves, masks, overalls and disinfectant fluids to Ukraine and Moldova. Marcin Obara/PAP

Firefighters set off on Wednesday morning to Ukraine and Moldova carrying medical equipment from the Polish government worth PLN 3 million (EUR 674,000), with 12 lorries destined for Ukraine and four to Moldova, said Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński.

During a press briefing at the Rescue and Fire Fighting Unit No. 8 in Warsaw, Jabłoński announced that the Polish government is sending personal protection equipment, gloves, masks, overalls and disinfectant fluids to Ukraine and Moldova, and that both of these countries were "among our closest friends" with whom Poland cooperates very closely as part of the Eastern Partnership.

"This is one of our absolute foreign policy priorities. We want the countries of Eastern Europe, together with the countries of Central Europe to form one whole, one alliance, and that they ultimately cooperate also within the European Union," Jabłoński said.

The deputy minister added that "such gestures are real, because they reach people who are really in need." "Today we are making such a gesture because our friends turned to us for help, according to the saying which is known in all our countries, 'A friend in need is a friend indeed'". The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said that since the beginning of the pandemic, Poland has spent almost PLN 0.5 bln on such international assistance and research.

Jabloński thanked for the very good cooperation between State Treasury companies, the ministries of finance, health, home affairs and administration, as well as the State Fire Service and Border Guard, as well as the involvement of the International Solidarity Foundation and the Polish National Foundation.

The Ukrainian ambassador to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia in thanking Poland said that in these times of pandemic "there is a great need to support one another", and he considered the transport of gifts from the Polish government one of many significant events that "show the openness and help that Poland brings to countries that need such aid."