21 December 201717:41

Poroshenko Gets for Ukraine "Common Voices" with Warsaw

Poroshenko Gets for Ukraine "Common Voices" with Warsaw
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Ukraine was visited by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, who literally dictated the interests of Warsaw in Kharkov
President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko met a high-ranking guest from Poland - President Andrzej Duda. The leaders of the two countries in Kharkov were going to discuss the issues of "security policy in the context of the situation in the East of Ukraine", if the Polish version, or "in the context of counteracting Russian aggression" in the Ukrainian version.

The meeting sterted with protocol events. Here, Petr Alekseevich and his Polish guest kneel lay flowers in the cemetery of "victims of totalitarianism" Polish soldiers. Here, they shake hands. Petr Alekseevich smiles, shakes Duda's hand violently, giving photographers the opportunity to take more pictures. Then they sat at the table.

Journalists of Ukrainian TV channels broadcast live. While Duda and Poroshenko did not start making joint statements for the press, the Polish president's visit to the air is commented on by all "political analysts in international affairs". The correspondents are interested in the "variant of deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass" because of the nomination of Poland as a candidate for membership in the UN Security Council for 2018-2019.

Politological pause

Of course, the political scientist has nothing to answer except "Poland remains one of our main allies".

"The meeting of the two Presidents is a testament to the fact that a certain thaw in relations [between the countries] is taking place," Artem Nikiforov, frequent guest of the studio, explains to the news anchor at 112.Ukraine. According to him, all countries have some claims to each other historically, Ukraine and Poland are no exception. He called them "historical misunderstandings." The main thing, he continued, is that presidents meet in Ukraine, and it does not matter: whether they will sign any agreements, or make any loud statements.

Petr Oleschuk, another guest political scientist, said that "depressive Ukraine" is always on the side of Poland, as a victim of the Soviet Union. Therefore, the attitude of the Poles to it is "understandable". For example, he continued, Greece and Turkey have some controversies, but like Poland, they are part of NATO, which makes them stronger together.

"Our first ally," says political analyst Valentin Krasnoperov, speaking of Poland. "We need to explain to the Polish elite that without Ukraine there can not be security," he said. However, he said, Europe will not leave Ukraine, however they say that they are "tired" from Kiev.

"To survive and get into a cohort of Western countries" - that's how a political scientist sees the tasks of Ukraine.

Kiev dances to Duda

While political scientists "warmed up" the public, Duda and Poroshenko held talks and came out to the press.

"Firstly, I am very happy to see in Kharkov ... this is the first visit of the president to Kharkov ... strategic partner, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda. It is very symbolic that we met in Kharkov, 40 kilometers from the Russian border ... ", Petr Poroshenko sterted the briefing.

He told reporters that the meeting with Andrzej Doudou was devoted to defense issues, as well as "coordination of protection against hybrid Russian aggression".

"The issues of strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland remain an unchanged foreign policy priority for both Kiev and Warsaw," he stressed.

And then - there were not any word about the topic, stated by the press service of the Ukrainian administration, of "counteraction to Russian aggression". It became clear from the press conference: Duda had come to Kharkov to defend Polish interests in matters of history, as well as the economy. For example, according to the President of Poland, Warsaw supports Kiev with investments in the construction of a gas interconnector, which would be useful for Ukraine to be able to buy gas from the Polish side.

And what will Kiev get in return?

"We discussed in detail the coordination of our actions, including our common initiatives for the introduction of genuine peacekeepers, and not the security guards of the OSCE CMM observers who must work in the entire occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and not just along the line of the clash. I am sure that Poland's strong voice in the UN Security Council will have an important role in the issue of the return of peace, the liberation of the territory occupied by the Russian Federation," Poroshenko answered himself.

Poroshenko also expressed the hope that Poland, perhaps, "will find an opportunity to increase" the number of Polish observers in the OSCE CMM.

"And we would be very grateful if Poland could increase the number of its representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission, because it is objective information, these are steps that contribute to peace in Ukraine," he said.

Of course, Poland opposes the construction of the Russian "Nord Stream-2", and Poroshenko supports Warsaw's position in this, calling the project "a threat to the whole of Europe." And again, only the "common voice" of the representatives of the two countries "will be effective for making steps towards energy security".

In other words, the "common voices" and "Poland's opportunities" can be said to save Poroshenko from a total loss of face before those who understand the essence of Ukrainian voters, save the economy of the country by "investing in a gas interconnect" in which Poland is more interested than Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko received a "clear assurance of continued support for Ukraine both in the issues of countering Russian aggression, and in matters of reform and European integration."

So the Polish guest confirms: Poland in the UN Security Council "will be one of the countries" that will support the initiative to bring peacekeepers to the Donbass. Ukraine, according to Duda, "can count on our support."

"Soon we will become a member of the UN Security Council. It is important for us, as a neighbor of Ukraine, and for Ukraine, part of the territory of which is captured ... so that in the so-called territories. Lugansk and Donetsk ... the UN peace mission could start working, the so-called blue helmets, as they say. And we, like Poland, support that there was a peaceful mission, not limited to the protection of the OSCE representatives, but a peaceful mission throughout the territory ... with the possibility of preserving the results ... that the conflict in the wake of Russian aggression ... Minsk agreements that were implemented," he translated inconsistently speech of the Polish leader.

Ideological curtsy

Ukraine banned researchers from Warsaw to exhume the remains of the dead Poles, including the soldiers of the Army Krajowa. In November, the advisory committee, which included both sides, decided to withdraw the moratorium. However, as of 13 December, the words of the politician were not followed further. Kiev, as it seems to many experts, is frankly afraid of undermining the credibility of Stepan Bandera, elevated to the rank of national hero.

"We came to the common opinion that history should not influence the strategic nature of Ukrainian-Polish relations. We need to honor the memory of innocent victims, but we must firmly move forward, because we will not change history, but we must and can change the present and create better conditions for the future, so that no one can inspire either the hearts of Ukrainians or the hearts of Poles no hatred, no hostility," Poroshenko said.

"We will not change the story," he concluded. He cited the example of a "common hero" with Poland - Marshal Joseph Pilsudski, who, according to Poroshenko," along with the troops of the UPR won victories over the Russian-Bolshevik".

Duda stressed that both sides should strive to achieve historical truth. Scientific research and exhumation - this is what the Polish side insists on.

"I appealed to Poroshenko with a request that we could overcome the impasse - we need to exhume," - said Duda. "The historical truth is not established. We really need it. "

Poroshenko also informed the public that for this purpose "they will raise the level" of the commission, which in no way can lift the moratorium, to the level of vice-premiers of states.

"We must find the historical truth, launch the process of exhumation, launch a commission. One party always wins in the disputes between Ukraine and Poland - Russia. Therefore, they decided to raise the level and restart the commission," he said. "Historians must deal with history, politics with the future."

Poroshenko added that relations with Poland are good for Ukraine. For example, they will fight contraband together. Probably, cigarettes from Transcarpathia to the countries of the European Union. After all, it's not for nothing that the Ukrainian media reported on 13 December about border reinforcement at the border with the EU in order to combat "illegal migration".

It's interesting that the Polish journalist asked Poroshenko about his personal position regarding Stepan Bandera. The Ukrainian leader actually avoided the answer, saying that before the restarted commission, the task will be to remove the ban on exhumation as soon as possible (this as an answer to the question: what prevents obstacles to lifting the moratorium), to resolve historical issues such as, for example, The activities of Bandera - a man who made a "huge contribution" to the Ukrainian insurgency (UPA *)

* UPA is an organization banned in the Russian Federation
Elena Winter Translated by Elena Winter
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