President, Australian governor general discuss Ukraine

Duda told a press conference after the talks that he had thanked Hurley for Australia's aid to Ukraine in its defensive war against Russia. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Ukraine, China and bilateral relations dominated Monday's talks between Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Warsaw-visiting Australian Governor-General David Hurley.

Duda told a press conference after the talks that he had thanked Hurley for Australia's aid to Ukraine in its defensive war against Russia.

Duda noted that Australia had not only donated its Bushmaster armoured vehicles to the Ukrainian armed forces. "Ukraine also receives financial support from Australia, and this aid is crucial for Ukraine in its current struggle," he said.

The president said he and Hurley had also discussed China, and the economic situation in Asia and stressed that the China talks focused on Beijing's future plans, and that China's role was "important as a global economic and military power."

Hurley said that Australia looked in admiration at Poland's selfless aid to Ukrainian war refugees. He underlined that both Australia and Poland stood for democracy and adherence to international law.