A joint article by Andrzej Dud and Volodymyr Zelensky was published on Monday in the French daily “Le Figaro”. The presidents of Poland and Ukraine emphasize the historical ties between the two countries, the unity of their stance towards Russia and the opposition to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The text also emphasizes Warsaw’s support for Kiev’s aspirations to join the European Union.
“Three decades ago, Poland and Ukraine, which aspired to independence, had different starting positions, but both countries had the same goal. We wanted to regain our rightful place in the European family of free nations. Poland was the first in the world to recognize the independence of Ukraine” – the presidents write.
“This decision became the foundation that strengthened our friendship. Over 90 million Ukrainians and Poles stood shoulder to shoulder, creating the nations of free and sovereign states. For various reasons, often beyond our control, the dynamics of Poland and Ukraine’s reintegration into the European family took place in a different However, for 30 years Warsaw has always regarded Kiev as its partner and ally (…) “, emphasize Duda and Zelenski.
“We are convinced that Ukraine, Poland and other EU countries will benefit from Ukraine’s future accession to the EU. Europe does not end at the Elbe and Odra. And it would be equally artificial, historically absurd and unfair to build walls on the Bug, where Poland borders with Ukraine “, write the presidents.
Duda and Zelenskiy on common threats and the annexation of Crimea
“Our two countries have a common understanding of security threats. Therefore, we jointly believe that the temporary occupation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine violated the basic principles of international law and undermined the foundations of the European security system. Ukraine, at the cost of its own citizens’ lives, defends not only its lands, but also the limits of the democratic and civilizational choice of the whole of Europe “- emphasize Duda and Zelenski.
“Warsaw has neither de jure nor de facto recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. To confirm this position, we will meet other leaders of the free world on August 23 in Kiev during the summit inaugurating the Crimean Platform, a new international mechanism for the liberation of the peninsula. The troops stationed near our borders and in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine pose a challenge to European security, “the presidents say.
“Poland and Ukraine are against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline”
“Other actions by Russia, more difficult to disclose, including sabotage or political corruption, are aimed at destroying peace in Europe. Poland and Ukraine are against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline,” Duda and Zelenskiy point out.
“Russia may increase pressure on Ukraine and launch a new wave of aggression in our region. The recent declaration by Germany and the United States giving the green light to complete the construction of the gas pipeline undermines the confidence of the allies and reduces security in our part of the continent,” warn the heads of state.
In the article they emphasize that “Poland as a member of the European Union and Ukraine’s neighbor is an example of successful transformation and economic growth for the Ukrainian society.” “Ukrainian citizens are always welcome in Poland, and the Ukrainian language is often heard in Polish cities. More and more Polish tourists visit Ukraine. Trade and investment ties are still developing. At the same time, Poland and Ukraine, together with Lithuania, promote dialogue in a new format, which is The Lublin Triangle “, write presidents Duda and Zelenski.
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