Two Polish friends of Ukraine leave office

Bronislaw Komorowski

Bronislaw Komorowski  

2015/08/05 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski leaves office today.

Andrzej Duda, who defeated him in the recent presidential elections, officially becomes the new president of Poland. However, another news item has been overlooked in Ukrainian mass media — the actual departure from high politics of the former minister of foreign affairs and the speaker of the Polish Sejm, Radoslaw Sikorski. The politician, who was popular at one time, has refused to participate in future parliamentary elections. This represents an obvious pause in his career, no matter how that career evolves in the future.

These are the two people in the Polish establishment that have been most actively involved in Ukrainian affairs. Komorovsky assumed the entire burden of the dialogue with Yanukovych. Even when the other Western leaders did not understand what there was to discuss with the former Ukrainian president, Komorovsky tried to convince Yanukovych of the need to reach a compromise with the civilized world. Sikorski was a participant in the negotiating process practically until the last day of Yanukovych’s presidency. He arrived in Kyiv when the president’s team had already decided to destroy Maidan. The mission of the three EU foreign affairs ministers (Germany, Poland, France — Ed.) became, perhaps, the only restraining factor for Yanukovych and contributed to his collapse.

Both Komorowski and Sikorski worked with Ukraine under the extreme conditions of dictatorship and the establishment of a new government. The new generation of Polish politicians will have an entirely different attitude toward the country. And it is not a question of indifference; it has to do with relief that the main danger for Poland no longer exists. Ukraine is no longer viewed as a potential Russian satellite — something that has always terrified Poland. However, we must also consider that Ukraine is not viewed as a country that has managed to stabilize its economy and achieve irreversible political change. The new president of Poland and the new government, which will almost certainly appear after the parliamentary elections, will absolutely need to help Ukraine achieve this irreversibility.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV

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  • optionrider

    “The new president of Poland and the new government, which will almost certainly appear after the parliamentary elections, will absolutely need to help Ukraine achieve this irreversibility.”
    I don’t have a crystal ball, but the new president and a conservative government that will likely take over after the October elections in Poland will for sure demonstrate a very assertive and sceptical stance in dealing with Germany and the EU as a whole, and will push to the top of its agenda security and NATO reinforcement in a tight cooperation with Canada, the UK and the US. The Ukrainians will certainly welcome President Duda’s requests that the US and Poland be included into the Minsk negotiations and that Germany instantaneously lift its veto to the deployment of permanent NATO bases on Polish and the Baltic States’ territories.

    The next positive development might be shifting the focus to regional safety and the creation of a regional alliance with the Scandinavians, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Georgia, with possibly bringing in the US and Canada. The Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade is already a fact of life. Such a regional alliance would be in perfect sync with the Atlantic Charter, while bypassing certain conditions Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine don’t meet to become full-fledged NATO members. All Poles, except for the small but noisy margins of ultra-rightists and ultra-leftists supported and financed by the Kremlin, understand that there’s no safe and prosperous Poland without a safe and prosperous Ukraine.

    The third and difficult factor the new Polish president and government will for sure address and bring to the surface is the honest, historical approach and cooperation of Polish and Ukrainian historians in regards to the OUN/UPA massacre of Jews and Poles in the Volhynia and other regions of western Ukraine in 1943. Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland Mr. Deshchytsia has already addressed this issue in a very promising manner and both parties have mutually opened their archives, what are positive signs. Te sooner a Polish-Ukrainian historical commission is established, the sooner Kremlin propaganda will run out of ammo in the field of the Volhynia massacre. Needless to mention that both the Habsburg Austria and Russia/the Soviet Union did everything to pit the Poles and the Ukrainians against each other, and that subversion was going on for cumulatively over a century and a half.

    In summary, there are a lot possibly positive things in the Polish-Ukrainian relations the change in Warsaw may bring about, but the Ukrainians have to realise that their most deadly enemy is the ubiquitous, Byzantine corruption of epic proportions inherited from its Soviet occupants and destroying Ukraine from inside, not the increasingly corrupt Putin Russia that is getting weaker by the week.

  • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

    Ukraine has more than two friends in Poland.