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  • 8 July 2017

    “Poland has been a second home for over a million Ukrainian citizens, who have significantly contributed to our country’s economic growth and become part of its social landscape, including academia and culture,” Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said at a meeting with Eugene Czolij, the President of the Ukrainian World Congress.

    The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the current state and the future of Polish-Ukrainian cooperation. “Witnessing the diligence, dedication and creativity of the Ukrainians in Poland, I don’t have to worry about the planned ambitious social and economic reforms in Ukraine,” Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said on Friday at a meeting with Eugen Czolij. “I believe that Volodymyr Groysman’s government will certainly mobilise support from the society, which needs change and is prepared for sacrifices,” he added.

    President Czolij applauded Poland’s active support for Ukraine’s pro-European path, as evidenced by the Polish government’s position in negotiations on lifting the EU visa requirement for Ukrainian citizens, ratification of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, and implementation of the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement. A day after the Ukraine Reform conference in London, Deputy Minister Cichocki also recalled Poland’s commitment to the local government, education, and anticorruption reform in Ukraine.


    “Developments in eastern Ukraine and Crimea give cause for serious concern,” said the deputy head of the Polish MFA. He also underlined the importance of keeping OSCE missions in the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, to which Poland has contributed the second-largest observer group, and referred to his talks with Ambassador Martin Sajdik and Olexander Motsyk on supporting the work of the Tripartite Contact Group, and to the recent G7+ consultations in Berlin which focused on the sanction policy towards Russia.

    The meeting with Eugen Czolij also covered bilateral issues. Deputy Minister Bartosz Cichocki recalled the work of the Polish-Ukrainian Partnership Forum, collaboration between the ministries of education and the ministries of culture and national heritage, as well as the recent proposals from the Institute of National Remembrance concerning exhumations and commemorations. “They illustrate the Polish side’s constructive approach, based on truth and guided by the willingness to look for solutions, which is overshadowed by outrageous behaviour, for example the dissemination by the head of Ukraine’s institute of national remembrance of a doctored photograph of the Polish and Ukrainian presidents together with a Nazi mass murderer,” said the deputy minister. Recalling the summoning on Tuesday of Ambassador Andrii Deshchytsia over this matter and a protest note issued by Polish Ambassador Jan Piekło, Deputy Minister Cichocki emphasised that filling Ukraine’s public space, which is now undergoing “desovietization,” with a deeply anti-European and antihumanitarian symbolism is only in the interests of those who are anxious about closer cooperation between Poland and Ukraine.

    “Unfounded allegations against Polish authorities about blocking Ukraine’s European and transatlantic integration on the one hand, and on the other about negligence in the matters of commemorations, exhumations and other historical issues are important elements in a hybrid warfare against our country. It is understandable in view of the notable increase in Warsaw’s international position. The fact that certain circles in Ukraine and Poland are taking part in a campaign controlled from outside must provoke reflection at competent institutions,” concluded Deputy Minister Cichocki.



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