Ukraine – Poland: shoulder to shoulder

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During a visit to Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced the preservation of anti-Russian sanctions until the complete de-occupation of Crimea and Donbass

KYIV – Poland’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2025 will maximize Ukraine’s achievement of full EU membership. This was announced on October 12 by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his conversation with the press following a meeting with President of Poland Andrzej Duda in Kiev.

“We are grateful to our Polish friends, who continue to be the“ locomotive ”of Ukraine’s approach to the European Union. Our strategic goal is full membership in the European Union. I hope that Poland’s presidency of the EU Council in 2025 will maximize the achievement of this goal, ”the President of Ukraine emphasized..

He noted that the political dialogue with Poland “has good dynamics, and this is our second meeting this year”.

“Of course, it could have passed even earlier, if not for the restrictions due to COVID-19,” the head of the Ukrainian state noted and stated that the strategic partnership of the two countries is being tested by the pandemic perfectly.

“Our countries are united not only by a common border. These are both common values ​​and positions on key issues of the European and international agenda, “Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, according to the press service of the Ukrainian leader..

The Joint Statement, signed by the leaders of Ukraine and Poland, emphasized “the importance of Ukrainian-Polish bilateral relations, which have the character of a strategic partnership.”.

Anti-Russian sanctions remain

President Andrzej Duda, in turn, noted that Poland will continue to support Ukraine.

“Poland stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine on the issue of Ukrainian borders and the fact that these borders should be returned to internationally recognized ones, which means the return of Ukraine’s control over part of the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as the return of Ukraine’s control over Crimea. I want to emphasize that the issue of Crimea is also very important, “he said..

According to the President of Poland, Poland raises the issue of maintaining sanctions against Russia until the de-occupation of Crimea at all international platforms..

Plans to discuss the situation in Belarus

According to Polskoe Radio, on October 11-13, President of Poland Andrzej Duda is visiting Ukraine.

“The talks will concern the future of our region, including, what is important, the situation in Belarus. This country and Ukraine are unstable elements on the map of European security “, – explained the head of the Cabinet of the President of Poland Krzysztof Szczerski.

As part of the visit, President Andrzej Duda will unveil a monument to Anna Valentynovich, a member of the Solidarity trade union, born in Ukraine, near the Polish Embassy in Kiev, Charter’97 website reports..

Trade and cooperation

In the presence of the two presidents, an agreement was signed on expanding access to privatization objects in Ukraine, and the leaders of the two countries noted the dynamics of economic cooperation.

“We want Ukraine to approach the level of Western Europe in terms of economic development,” Andrzej Duda said..

He recalled that last year the trade turnover between Ukraine and Poland amounted to 7.5 billion euros, and 1200 Polish enterprises work in Ukraine..

“Over the past year, these elements have decreased. This was due to the closure of our economies, with the coronavirus pandemic. I am convinced that we must do everything to get through this time as best as possible, and so that as few enterprises from both the Polish and Ukrainian sides, as well as joint ventures, suffer. And so that after the pandemic, after we overcome it, we can continue our cooperation and the development of Polish-Ukrainian economic relations, “said the President of Poland..

Interest in the Three Seas Initiative

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that in negotiations with his Polish counterpart, “we discussed the Three Seas Initiative,” and most importantly, the substantive interest of Ukraine to join this important initiative for us. “.

“I hope for the support of Mr. Duda as one of the initiators of such an important platform of dialogue,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said..

IMF Governor Kristalina Georgieva, speaking on September 28 at an online event organized by the Atlantic Council in Washington on the development of the Three Seas Initiative, stressed that this initiative will significantly improve the economic performance of 12 participating countries.

According to the Russian service of the Voice of America, Kristalina Georgieva noted that the latter is especially important in the difficult economic conditions prevailing during the coronavirus pandemic..

She stressed that due to the pandemic, three years of economic progress have been erased for “the eastern and southeastern countries.”.

Strategic partner, not a lawyer

According to the director of the Center for Public Information Technologies “Forum” Valeria Dymova, Ukrainian-Polish relations in assessing the past and historical events are based on the position – “we forgive and ask us to forgive, there are no claims and there are no unilateral conditions”.

However, the political scientist is against Poland being called “the advocate of Ukraine in Europe.”.

“Poland is our strategic partner and ally in the process of European integration and Ukraine takes this into account. Ukraine and Poland are connected not only by historical moments, but also by their understanding of the current situation in the strategic vision of the world order, ”Valeriy Dymov tells the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America.

Ukraine - Poland: shoulder to shoulder

The political scientist believes that at the present stage Ukraine and Poland are united not only by common problems, but also by a common enemy..

“On the information and cultural sociocultural fronts of Russia against Ukraine, Poland is the same enemy for Russia and a victim of this kind and aggression. Whatever problems we have in the past, we must not forget how common problems led to the fact that Poland was divided three times and how our common enemy in history used it, ”notes Valeriy Dymov.

Ukraine and Poland are capable of joint efforts to be “support and support” for Belarusian citizens demanding political changes in the country.

“We must definitely be support and support for the citizens of Belarus. Recent events show – 700 detainees yesterday and the words of the Belarusian head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the readiness to use special means against the protesters, shooting to kill – in which direction is the power of the illegitimate Lukashenka going, ”says Valery Dymov.

He believes that Ukraine and Poland, within the framework of the Lublin Triangle, in cooperation with the European Union, could work more actively on the “Belarusian issue”.

Convergence and development in projects

Head of the Center for Political Research “Doctrine” Yaroslav Bozhko notes that Poland remains Ukraine’s lawyer in the West, but this position of Warsaw is also conditioned by internal Polish beliefs about threats from Russia.

“But simple advocacy and mutual praise for our strategic partnership is still very little. Both sides must do a thorough diplomatic work to join Kiev to the Trimorya projects, in which Kiev is still represented in much smaller volumes than, for example, Bucharest, “Yaroslav Bozhko tells the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..

At the same time, he believes that the events in Belarus in some way “brought together” the understanding of the need for cooperation between the countries in the Baltic-Black Sea region.

“Fortunately, the processes in Belarus have not blurred at all, but rather, on the contrary, they have crystallized threats in this region, which accelerated the awareness of the need and need for cooperation. Therefore, the common position of the Lublin Triangle countries on the events in Belarus is also an irreversible step towards Warsaw for Ukrainian diplomacy, underlining a common vision of events in the region, ”emphasizes Yaroslav Bozhko.

Official Kiev, according to him, could develop relations with the Baltic countries more closely.

“For example, the invitation of Ukraine to the summit of the“ Three Seas Initiative ”- an informal platform for cooperation between twelve countries of Central and Eastern Europe – confirms the real progress in relations between Kiev and Warsaw,” notes Yaroslav Bozhko.

Ukraine - Poland: shoulder to shoulder

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