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Polish government reacts to Ukraine's ambassador statement about historical conflict

Andriy Deshchytsia crossed the red line when on the air of the Polish radio station RMF24 he said that Ukraine would agree to Polish exhumation works only after the restoration of the destroyed Ukrainian monuments
20:28, 23 September 2018

Reuters

The Polish government criticized the words of the Ukrainian ambassador, Andriy Deshchytsia, about Poland's reaction to the destruction of Ukrainian monuments and the emotional decision of Kyiv to prohibit Poland from conducting exhumation work. This is reported by Dzerkalo Tyzhnya.

As the source in the Polish government said, Andriy Deshchytsia crossed the red line when on the air of the Polish radio station RMF24 he said that Ukraine would agree to Polish exhumation works only after the restoration of the destroyed Ukrainian monuments in Pikulichi near Peremyshl and the Monastery near Verkhrata. At the same time, Deshchytsia admitted that the ban on conducting exhumation work is an emotional decision of Kyiv, taken after the Polish authorities did not react to the destruction of Ukrainian monuments.

"Warsaw is disappointed with Kyiv, its approaches to the policy of historical memory," a source in the Polish government said. "For Warsaw, the statements of Ambassador Deshchytsia are disgusting, it is an assessment not only of the Foreign Ministry, but also of the Polish government."

In Poland, the words of Deshchytsia were perceived as blackmail. "Warsaw will not talk with Kyiv on the conditions of blackmail, first of all with Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rosenko, Poland does not trust the Ukrainian side," the source said.

We recall, another round of aggravation of relations between countries occurred after Ukraine abolished the permission of the Polish National Memory Institute to conduct search and exhumation of Poles buried in Ukraine. This happened after the monument of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Grushovici (Poland) was demolished in April. After that, the parties usually exchanged mutual accusations.

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