Poroshenko: History should not influence strategic relations of Ukraine and Poland

In this regard, Polish President Andrzej Duda called on politicians to be reasonable in their speeches
18:23, 13 December 2017

President's press service

Ukrainian-Polish relations should not be influenced by historical events. The future must be built without mutual enmity and hatred. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a briefing with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"We came to the common opinion that history should not influence the strategic nature of Ukrainian-Polish relations. We must honor the memory of innocent victims, but we must firmly move forward, because we will not change history, but we must and can change the present and create better conditions for the future. So that no one can imbue hatred neither in the hearts of Ukrainians, nor in the hearts of the Poles, " Ukraine’s President said."

Poroshenko also noted that during the talks with Polish President they agreed to raise the level of the commission on cooperation in historical matters. Poroshenko expressed hope that such a commission will hold a meeting in the near future:

"We expect that the commission will meet in the near future and, as a result of effective discussion, we will finally be given the green light to continue the process of scientific study, exhumation, preservation of monuments, avoidance of vandalism and to remove any sensitive moments of our cooperation. There are a lot of heroes who unite us, instead of dividing us. "

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In its turn, the Polish President commented on the commissions’ discussions, which would relate to the speedy abolition of the ban on exhumation:

"We agreed with the President that I will turn to Mr. Vice Prime Minister Glinsky, the Minister of Culture in Poland, so that at the ministerial level we could conduct commission discussions concerning the speedy lifting of the ban on exhumation. This is very important for us, and I interpret this as the first steps towards overcoming the recent dead-end. I call on politicians to be reasonable in their speeches, statements, not to act emotionally, because these are complex cases, "Duda said.

As it was reported earlier Poroshenko claimed that only Russia benefits in the historical conflicts between Ukraine and Poland

‘We have a clear understanding that only one side benefits in the historical conflicts between Ukraine and Poland. It is not Ukraine or Poland, it is Russia. We have the clear understanding of this issue in both countries. And we should find the clear solution of this situation’, Poroshenko commented.

Also, the Ukrainian president claimed that the decision on the reboot of the commission on the cooperation on the historical issues was made due to this.

Related: Poroshenko, Duda honor victims of totalitarian regime in Kharkiv

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