"Poland extends its hand to Ukraine"
Poland is extending its hand to Ukraine and doing everything to make other Western countries do the same, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said at the Supreme Council of Ukraine on Thursday.
The Polish president expressed hope that modern Polish-Ukrainian relations would not be harmed by historical experience.
On Thursday morning Bronislaw President Komorowski addressed the Supreme Council of Ukraine. Present was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The Polish president declared that Poland was extending its hand to Ukraine and doing everything to make other countries and nations of the free world do the same.
"Poland's extended hand is not a sign of political sentiment but of our understanding of historical processes that should make one see Ukraine as an equal-righted and extremely important partner and neighbour," the Polish president said.
President Komorowski stressed that it was not the past but the future of Polish-Ukrainian relations that mattered.
Speaking about the Russian aggression on Ukraine, President Komorowski said the western world had to understand that "it would be safe when Ukraine was safe".
Bronislaw Komorowski stressed that Ukrainians being killed in the east of their country "defended also Europe" and added that "Europe could never forget the sacrifice of the Maidan".
According to the Polish president, the Revolution of Dignity showed that Ukrainins supported European values and defended Europe against the return of imperial thinking.
"Poland supports all moves designed to solve the (Ukraine-Russia - ed.) conflict, including the Minsk agreement, and hopes that all deals will be observed and implemented," President Komorowski said.
The Polish president declared that the EU and NATO countries recognised Ukraine's territorial integrity in the borders agreed upon in 1991 and that "any attempt to change them against the will of the Ukrainian people will be never accepted and will be always condemned".
President Komorowski stressed that Ukraine was facing difficult challenges and added he had in mind not only the ongoing war but also the introduction of important political, social and economic reforms. The Polish president admitted that it was a very difficult task to accomplish for a single country. "That is why Ukraine needed wise determination while the West must be ready to offer political and economic assistance," he stressed.
At the end of his address the Polish president expressed hope that the association agreement with the EU "would take Ukraine out of the post-Soviet space" but stressed that success demanded agreement of all political forces. (PAP)