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Friday, 17 February 2017

Minister Szczerski: Poland advocates Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic choice

Although Poland is an advocate of Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic choice, among other things it expects partnership as far as history-based politics is concerned, presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski has told PAP.


On Saturday Polish President Andrzej Duda will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the Munich Security Conference. On Friday both presidents are taking part in a discussion panel. See also: Polish-Ukrainian presidential consulting committee to meet in April President to speak at Munich Security Conference


Minister Krzysztof Szczerski pointed out that the Polish president had presented Poland's message for Ukraine during his visit to Kiev late last year. "Poland is an advocate of Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic choice, but it also expects domestic stability from Ukraine, state reforms, and partnership with Poland as regards history-based politics and rapprochement between the two societies", he said.


He added that Poland is suggesting a place for Ukraine in regional cooperation. "Ukraine should be much more strongly committed to placing itself firmly among regional partners, among everything that Poland is building as a regional community: the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas", Krzysztof Szczerski explained.


Ukraine has true friends in the region, whose fate is linked directly to what unfolds in Ukraine, according to minister Szczerski. "What goes on in Ukraine, for example in terms of instability, has a direct impact on Poland's security", he pointed out.  See also: President Poroshenko starts a visit to Warsaw


Polish-Ukrainian social rapprochement is needed, he also told PAP. "It cannot take place without open, tough talks about the past", Krzysztof Szczerski said. (PAP) 

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