The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine can consider the statement prepared by the specialized committee on the Polish law that bans the 'Bandera ideology'. Andry Paruby, the Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament claimed this as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
'It will be very important for us tomorrow to consider the statement of the Verkhovna Rada on the law adopted by the Polish parliament. The meeting of Foreign Affairs Committee took place today to work out the joint statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the recent decision of Sejm and Senate of Poland that raised the dudgeon in the Ukrainian community', Paruby said.
According to him, the representatives of all parties and groups participated in the meeting of the committee and the prepared document is the agreed position of the whole Ukrainian parliament.
'It is very important and landmark that the representatives of the Foreign Ministry, international experts also took part in the committee; the committee worked out the text of the joint agreed statement that is already submitted for the consideration of parties and groups. This statement will be registered today', Paruby added.
He urged all MPs to familiarize with the statement.
As we reported the Senate of Poland adopted a law on the National Memory Institute of Poland, which criminalizes the denial of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the Poles. Polish Sejm on January 26 adopted the bill, providing the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.
Amendments to the bill also provide for criminal liability for the denial of the Volyn tragedy and propaganda of "Bandera ideology". The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the adoption of this document. The international community criticized him as "denying the Holocaust and depicting Ukrainians in an unattractive light." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was categorically against the adoption of this law.
The Senate of Poland approved the draft law at the overnight on February 1. However, Polish leader Andrzej Duda intends to carefully consider the draft law about the Institute of the National Memory approved by the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament.