Groysman: Ukraine and Poland have a difficult shared past and friendship the future

Гройсман: Украина и Польша имеют непростое общее прошлое и дружеское будущее

Poland and Ukraine close to friendly States that have a common past, and needs to obtain a General and friendly future. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during a meeting with Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine Henryk Litvin, the press service of the Cabinet.

The Prime Minister stressed the strategic importance of interstate relations of Ukraine and Republic of Poland.

He also noted Poland’s support in carrying out the necessary reforms in Ukraine, in particular on the decentralization of power. For its part Ukraine is ready to build friendly and constructive relations with Poland, assured Vladimir Groisman.

“There are certain challenges that we must overcome, is the question we have to answer, but it is very important that the questions and answers that we will provide to each other, brought us together, not divides us. Because Poland and Ukraine are very close, friendly state which have a common past, a past that has very good present and needs to obtain a General and friendly future,” he said.

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The Prime Minister also noted the importance of the participation of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in the celebrations on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of independence of Ukraine.

Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine thanked Vladimir Groisman for their cooperation. He also noted the efforts of the government in the development of Polish-Ukrainian relations.

“From the beginning of your government, we noticed a very quick increase in the activity of the inter-Ministerial contacts, – said Henryk Litwin. – The work of your government shows that there is great interest in bilateral contacts, on our side, and also opened new opportunities. I am convinced that it will develop successfully”.

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Recall that the Ukrainian Ambassador in Warsaw Andriy deshchitsa said that the scandal with the recognition of the Sejm of Poland Volyn tragedy as genocide of poles by Ukrainian nationalists do not have a significant impact on Ukrainian-Polish relations. According to him, official Warsaw and the vast majority of Polish society are opposed to the deterioration of relations with Ukraine.

We will remind, on 22 July, the Sejm of Poland recognized the Volyn tragedy genocide of Polish people and proclaimed July 11 as a National day of remembrance of the victims of genocide. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed regret in connection with the adoption of this decision.

Note, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a draft resolution on the statement of the Ukrainian Parliament in connection with the intentions of the Polish Parliament unilaterally to revise the Ukrainian-Polish agreement on joint assessment of the tragic events in Volyn.

Recall also that Duda thanked Poroshenko for honoring the victims of the Volyn tragedy, in Warsaw and called it a very powerful gesture that will begin a new phase in relations between the Ukrainian and Polish peoples.