Due to Russia's full-scale invasion, Poland provided Ukraine with up to $8 billion in aid last year, which is about 1.5% of the country's GDP.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said this in a conversation with Almar Latour, CEO of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal.
Duda emphasized that after the start of the full-scale invasion, the Poles "very warmly" welcomed Ukrainians.
"People gave away their apartments, literally shared their bread. The Polish state took on certain expenses, we supported our entrepreneurs and invested money.
We calculated that all the assistance to Ukraine in 2022 amounted to about 1.5% of our GDP, $7-8 billion. This is a lot of money, and we did not receive European aid for it," the Polish president said.
According to Duda, Ukrainians are respected in Poland because everyone knows that they are hardworking people.
"They work in all industries, from elementary work to the highest quality technologies. Today they influence the development of our economy. They are an important part of our labor market, there are 2-3 million of them," the Polish president added.
Author - Olena Madiak, 31/05/2023