Statements of Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski about travel ban for Ukraine’s historian, Head of Ukraine’s State Institute of National Memory Volodymyr Vyatrovych may be considered a blackmail; Vyatrovych himself posted this on his Facebook page.
‘The very fact of spreading such information (with Foreign Minister himself being involved!) is another instrument of pressure and blackmail against the Ukrainian side. This is why the fact of the official travel ban against me – or its absence – is not that important, when it comes to the national interests of Ukraine. Besides, they can tell me about the ban the moment I try to cross the Polish border, and until then they might as well remain silent,’ he wrote.
Previously, Foreign Polish Ministry claimed it has been working on a list of Ukrainian citizens to face the travel ban to this country. According to the unofficial data, Vyatrovych’s name is on the list, too; the historian already commented on this decision, saying that ‘Poland started to sound like the authoritarian Russia.’
Earlier this month, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski claimed that his government would launch the procedure, which won’t let Ukrainians with anti-Polish views travel to Poland; Ukraine’s foreign ministry stated there are no such sentiments in the Ukrainian society and political circle.