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  • 1 December 2018

    “Polish government is one of the leading voices among the countries stressing that we do not, and cannot tolerate the violations of international law and of territorial integrity of any member of international community,” said Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz in Kyiv, where he inaugurated the plenary session of Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum together with the chief of Ukrainian diplomacy Pavlo Klimkin on Saturday.

    The head of Polish MFA recalled that Poland was the second country, after the United States, to adopt the declaration on non-recognition of Crimea annexation this year and that it supports European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine. “Ukraine is a victim of the continuing Russian aggression that started with the illegal annexation of Crimea, followed by Russia provoking and fueling armed conflict in the east of the country, and whose latest development is an open attack on Ukrainian navy vessels on their way to the Sea of Azov,“ noted the chief of Polish diplomacy. He also voiced Poland’s strong support for Ukraine at the forum of the UN.


    During his visit, the chief of Polish diplomacy expressed Poland’s strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. “I would like to express our support and solidarity with Ukrainian state and nation in these historically difficult moments. Before arriving in Kyiv, I talked with High Representative Federica Mogherini. She asked me to convey the support and solidarity on behalf of the entire European Union. The EU strongly condemned this act of Russian aggression against Ukraine,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz at a meeting with journalists after his talks with Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

    The agenda of the visit also featured bilateral matters. Minister Czaputowicz noted that our societies are developing closer ties, and that trade between Poland and Ukraine is growing with each year. The minister recalled, however, that our bilateral dialogue also includes difficult topics. “Polish society wants to learn the truth about our shared history and demands that the deceased be duly commemorated,” he stressed. “We need to study our past thoroughly and to pass on our knowledge to the young generations. This applies in particular to the Second World War and the tragedy of Poles in Volhynia,” added the head of Polish MFA.


    Today, Minister Czaputowicz was also received by President Petro Poroshenko. During the meeting with Ukrainian president, the minister discussed bilateral political cooperation and the security situation following recent events in the Sea of Azov.

    On Friday, the head of Polish MFA met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. The talks focused on economic cooperation and improving the efficiency of border crossing points between the two countries.

    An important item on the agenda of the visit was the Pro Dignitate Humana award ceremony. The award was granted to Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and was collected by Natalia Kaplan on behalf of the director, who is held in prison by Russian authorities. Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stressed that the award was granted in recognition of Oleg Sentsov’s services “in the field of human rights, uncompromising actions to protect those persecuted and at risk of repressions, as well as for the protection of rights of individuals and the respect for human dignity.” “By granting this award, Poland expresses its support for Oleg Sentsov, who – in the eyes of the entire international community – is a symbol of the eternal fight for human rights,” noted the chief of Polish diplomacy. “Oleg Sentsov reminds the world about Ukraine’s drama of having part of its territory seized by force by Russia. Through the illegal annexation of Crimea, Russia breached the most fundamental norms of international law,” emphasized Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. He also noted that “Poland considers the protection of human rights, civic society, democratic principles, and of the rule of law one of the most important pillars of its foreign policy.” “We are looking forward to closer collaboration in these fields with our Ukrainian friends,” he added.


    On Saturday morning, the chief of Polish diplomacy, together with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, laid wreaths at the collective grave of victims of totalitarianism and the mass grave at the Polish War Cemetery in Kyiv-Bykivnia. Through this symbolic gesture, the ministers drew the attention to the painful past of the two nations, who suffered the brutal crimes of Soviet totalitarianism. The National Historical Memorial Reserve "Bykivnia Graves" is Ukraine’s largest mass burial site of victims of political repressions in 1937-1941.


    MFA Press Office


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