Despite differences in historical issues, Poland wants partnership with Ukraine – Polish FM

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Despite a number of complex problems in bilateral relations, in particular, differences in historical issues, Warsaw considers Kyiv as a partner, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski wrote in the Polish outlet Rzeczpospolita.

“A partnership with Ukraine remains a key task of our country’s foreign policy. It is a deep and multifaceted relationship, just as it is a relationship between neighbors, not only associated with a rich, centuries-old historical legacy, but also with the responsibility for a common European future,” he wrote.

Waszczykowski noted that there are many areas in which Ukraine and Poland find mutual understanding, but often difficult historical issues become the subject of bilateral negotiations.

Among these issues he listed the Volyn tragedy, which he called the “genocide” of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) against the Poles in Volyn, where UPA fighters committed a series of ethnic cleansings against the Polish population amid World War II, the burial of the remains of the victims of this conflict, and the functioning of the Catholic community in Ukraine.

“In addition to these long-standing problems, there are new ones, such as the ban on entry into the territory of Ukraine of Polish social workers and scientists who criticize the historical policy of Kyiv. Or such as insufficient involvement of relevant Ukrainian services to protect Polish diplomatic missions that are the object of attacks using explosives and weapons,

says Waszczykowski, referring to a recent bombing of the Polish consulate in Lutsk and rows over Ukraine’s and Poland’s memory wars over the role of UPA, which was founded in western Ukraine during the Nazi occupation of the country in World War II and fought against both the Nazis and the Soviet Red Army. After WWII ended, many UPA fighters continued to fight a guerrilla campaign against the Soviet authorities which lasted into the early 1950s.

As a force which fought for an independent Ukraine, UPA has received a boost in popularity during the ongoing war between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. However, the veneration of the UPA remains a sore spot in relations between Poland and Ukraine, and causes controversy in Ukrainian society.

 

“Again I want to emphasize: Warsaw considers Kyiv as a partner with which it is possible to share successes, benefits and responsibilities. Only with such an equal partnership will a real union be created,” the Polish diplomat said.

In June 2017, Waszczykowski claimed that Poland would veto Ukraine’s potential accession to the European Union if historical issues and minority rights issues were not resolved. In connection with this statement, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine summoned the Polish ambassador.

Now, despite an international controversy caused by Ukraine’s adoption of an education law, Poland has stated that it will not swerve from the sources of supporting Ukraine’s pro-EU ambitions. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, answering a media inquiry by Ukrinform, had stated that Poland doesn’t see any possibility of reviewing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement or Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area agreement and that it would encourage partners from Budapest and Ukraine to solve their issues with the education law in dialogue.

The education law, which tightened Ukraine’s lenient minority language policies, ruling that that starting from grade 5, the language of instruction will be Ukrainian, had exacerbated Ukraine’s relations with its neighbors, with Hungary demanding the EU review the Association Agreement it had recently ratified with Ukraine unless Ukraine changes its law.

Poland had also refused to sign a letter which the Hungarian Foreign Minister proposed to address to the Ukrainian government in protesting of the law.

The Polish ambassador to Ukraine Jan Pieklo has said that a series of desecration of monuments on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border, which contributed to mounting ethnic tensions, is the work of criminals paid by Russia. The Ukrainian Security Service had recently detained a group of criminals plotting to blow up Hungarian monuments in western Ukraine and stated it has proof of the group’s connection to Russia.

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  • Screwdriver

    Kiev Nazi regime views on Volyn reminds me how Turkey is about what they did to Armenians. Silence , denial, or finger pointing.
    Everybody who is guilty of genocide should be very sorry and apologetic in order to move on and be in piece with the neighbors.

    • zorbatheturk

      Except RuSSia, of course. They like murdering too much to stop.

    • Микола Данчук

      Your silence of your indiscretions and finger pointing of others is very telling, isn’t it?

    • slavko

      Moscow Junta has been silencing the critics of Russian government, forbids public assembly, sends troublemakers into neighboring lands to provoke division among friendly neighbors.

      • Screwdriver

        Yea… maybe Yaroslav Stetsko was a Russian agent, provoked Ukrainians against Jews, what you think ?

        • slavko

          I find it interesting that Ukrainians, Polish, and Germans have moved on and are more so evolved than the way they were 75 years ago. Neither one has in the past 75 years terrorized or violently altered borders between them. Yet the Russian Kremlin is in complete denial of their complicity in atrocities and keeps feeding BS to its people that makes them look like saints. That just isn’t real buddy! There comes a time that we all need to accept what we have done that contributed towards suffering. The world is waiting for Russia to do this.

          • Screwdriver

            Not sure how is that related to Yaroslav Stetsko…?

          • slavko

            Well consider this in the context of what you said earlier… “Everybody who is guilty of genocide should be very sorry and apologetic
            in order to move on and be in piece with the neighbors.” That IS what you wrote. Now put that into the context of Katyn Massacre by Russia of 22,000 Polish victims. Russia has not apologized for that.

          • Screwdriver

            Katyn massacre was done by Stalin, USSR , and this crime was condemned by the Russian parliament.
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-11845315
            By the way Russia itself was the victim of the USSR Lenin/Stalin crimes, including “great soviet famine’ which killed many ethnic Russians.

          • Микола Данчук

            Considering the reinstatement of Lenin and Stalin as fathers of the Russian people by said parliament. How else can you hide your Bolshevik roots?

          • Screwdriver

            “reinstatement of Lenin and Stalin as fathers of the Russian people by said parliament”
            any proof ?

          • Микола Данчук

            gov.ru or any media outlet.

          • Screwdriver

            OK, so you have nothing. Gotcha.

          • Микола Данчук

            What, you don’t get RT or Kanal 1?
            Try gks.ru?

    • focusser

      Your examples are typical of a Russian. Skip the biggest mass murderer in history, the guy who killed more Russians than all other nations put together. Yes, your beloved Uncle Joe, worshipped by Russian nazzis everywhere.

      • Screwdriver

        Where did you see I denied crimes by the uncle Joe, can you please provide ?
        Or uncle Joe crimes should indulge Ukrainian Nazis ?

    • svend

      Good you are back I missed the unintelligent remarks from a little Russian Teen. But I hate to correckt you. In Ukraine they have demonstration, nobody arrested, if you do that in the true Nazi state, Russia, you go to jail. You shoul know by now, that, if yo can read of course, that in your beloved Russia nothing against Putler is allowed. So which country is true Nazi??
      What genocide are you talking about, Crimea??

  • slavko

    “The Polish ambassador to Ukraine Jan Pieklo has said that
    a series of desecration of monuments on both sides of the
    Polish-Ukrainian border, which contributed to mounting ethnic tensions,
    is the work of criminals paid by Russia. The Ukrainian Security Service
    had recently detained
    a group of criminals plotting to blow up Hungarian monuments in western
    Ukraine and stated it has proof of the group’s connection to Russia.”

  • veth