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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bilateral meetings ahead of the 72nd session of the United Nations' General Assembly

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Krzysztof Szczerski, top aide to Polish President Andrzej Duda, told PAP that Tuesday's meeting of the Polish and Ukrainian heads of state was devoted to the situation in the Donbas as well as bilateral cooperation.

 

Andrzej Duda and his counterpart Petro Poroshenko met in New York ahead of the 72nd session of the United Nations' General Assembly.

 

The Polish president's aide said the conversation lasted 30 minutes, with such meetings having become a tradition and being held every year at the UN.

 

"The presidents discussed Polish-Ukrainian cooperation with a view to Poland's membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC)", Krzysztof Szczerski explained.

 

"They had a detailed talk about the situation in the Donbas, especially the proposal to deploy a UN peacekeeping force in the area", he added.

 

"The presidents agreed such a mission required careful consideration and its mandate had to be acceptable to the Ukrainian side", the aide said.

 

He noted that a decision on the matter could be made in the future by the UNSC while Poland is a member.

 

Minister Szczerski also said the presidents Duda and Poroshenko talked about bilateral collaboration, including along the shared border as Ukraine aims to strengthen ties with the European Union.

 

"The presidents discussed a common stance against the building of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline", the aide added.

 

"It has also been agreed that the Polish president will visit Ukraine in December, with a meeting with the Ukrainian head of state planned in the city of Kharkiv", Krzysztof Szczerski concluded. 

 

The Russian policy in the region, including potential consequences of the Russian-Belarusian Zapad'17 exercise, was in the focus of a meeting of Polish and Lithuanian Presidents Andrzej Duda and Dalia Grybauskaite.

 

"President Duda met with his Lithuanian counterpart at the UN seat. The meeting was devoted to the evaluation of the Russian policy in the region, with special emphasis on the course and potential consequences of the Zapad'17 exercise", President Duda's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said.

 

According to minister Szczerski, President Duda also paid much attention to problems of the Polish people living in Lithuania and the need to solve them. "President Duda has been invited to attend the centenary of Lithuania's statehood, to take place in Vilnius next year", minister Szczerski added.

 

While discussing consequences of the Zapad'17 exercise the two heads of state agreed that they needed to be thoroughly watched, and stressed the positive significance of the implementation of decisions taken by the Warsaw NATO summit regarding the alliance's forward presence, according to the President's aide.

 

"The two presidents stressed it was necessary for the flank countries to cooperate in preparations to the next NATO summit so that its decisions strengthened security of our states within NATO", the head of the President's Office said.

 

Other topics included cooperation in energy and infrastructure. (PAP)

 

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