Due to the full-scale invasion of Russia, Poland provided Ukraine with aid in the amount of $8 billion 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 received the Ukrainians "very warmly".
"People gave their apartments, literally shared bread. The Polish state took over certain expenses, we supported our entrepreneurs, invested money."
We calculated that all aid to Ukraine in 2022 was about 1.5% of our GDP, $7-8 billion. This is a lot of money, we did not receive European aid for it," said the Polish president.
According to Duda, Ukrainians are respected in Poland because "everyone knows that they are working people."
"They work in all fields, from elementary work to high-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.