Polish MFA do not disclose names of Ukrainians banned entry to country

Source : 112 Ukraine

Waszczykowski is sure that Viatrovych "propagates deeply anti-humanitarian, anti-European values"
16:32, 13 November 2017

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Poland refused to disclose the names of Ukrainians who were banned entry to the country, but this list is "too short." This was stated by Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski in his interview to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, reports

Commenting on the legal basis for the ban on entry to Ukrainian National Memory Institute head Volodymyr Viatrovych, Waszczykowski said that "he is a person who propagates deeply anti-humanitarian, anti-European values."

The names of people who are on this list are not disclosed by Poland. According to Waszczykowski, this list is "rather short".

"This demonstrates our far-sighted understanding of the views of the Ukrainian side and determination in the search for a path of progress in mutual relations and unwillingness of further escalation," Waszczykowski said.

In addition, Polish Foreign Minister expressed doubts about "whether the strategic partnership with Poland remains Kyiv's goal.” The head of Polish diplomacy said that during his last visit to Ukraine he did not make progress even in the most simple issues.

He also stressed that the prospects for the planned visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to Kharkov will depend on “the readiness of the Ukrainian side to take constructive proposals into account."

As it was reported earlier the moratorium on the exhumation in Ukraine where the Polish graves are situated can be lifted when Poland will present the vision of the restoration of Ukrainian memorials in Poland. Volodymyr Viatrovych, the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory said.

‘We are ready to lift the moratorium only if we can agree with the Polish side that should announce its vision of the legalization of the Ukrainian memorials in Poland, the vision of the Polish state on the restoration of the destroyed memorials’, he said.

He also commented on his entry ban to Poland and called it a tool of pressure.

Related: Viatrovych reacts to statement of Polish Culture Ministry: Impressive "competence"

‘It is a tool of pressure and particular play, there are no documents that confirm something and there will be no such documents’, Viatrovych claimed.

According to the Polish mass media, Warsaw banned Viatrovych from entering into Poland on November 9. Moreover, Poland will not publish the ban-list and enlisted persons will be aware whether they allowed visiting the country or not only at the border.

Earlier the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory initiated the moratorium on the exhumation of the Poles in Ukraine as the response to the dismantling of the Ukrainian memorial near Przemysl, Poland.

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine initiated the holding of the meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Poland and Ukraine due to the escalation of the strain in relations of both countries.

Poland starts the procedures that do not allow the people who are set against Poland to enter the country, including the supporters of 14th SS-Volunteer Division 'Galicia'. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine claimed that there are no figures with anti-Polish views in Ukraine’s political environment.

Viatrovych criticized the monument dedicated to the Poles perished in the fight against Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA)installed at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.

Moreover, Viatrovych was requested to hold the historical talks with Warsaw. Deputy Prime Minister Gliński of Poland visited Ukraine in late October. After a meeting with Ukrainian authorities, he said that Poland wants to take negotiations with Ukraine on exhumation and historical monuments to a higher political level. However, the Polish politicians called Viatrovych ‘an irresponsible person with obtrusive anti-Polish ideas’ after the negotiations.  

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