The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy, Marcin Przydacz, said that Poland and Ukraine should sign the updated treaty on good-neighborly relations between Poland and Ukraine. – The fact that President Volodymyr Zelensky accepted President Andrzej Duda’s proposal and the idea to sign the treaty on the anniversary of the January Uprising is very strong symbolism – he said.
President Andrzej Duda spoke in his speech about the necessity to conclude a new Polish-Ukrainian treaty on good neighborliness before the Ukrainian Supreme Council in Kiev on May 22. During a press conference with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Duda stated that a good, symbolic moment for signing the new treaty would be January next year, i.e. the 160th anniversary of the January Uprising. Zelenskiy supported this proposal and stressed that Poland was a priority country for Ukraine and that the current relations between our countries were “the best in centuries”.
“Very eloquent and powerful symbolism” on the part of Zelensky
According to Marcin Przydacz, there is a need to sign such a treaty. When asked by the Polish Press Agency about the historical, geopolitical and symbolic significance of the updated treaty between Poland and Ukraine, the deputy minister pointed out that the treaty of 1992 was signed in a “different era”, so changes using the current potential are necessary.
He recalled that Poland was neither in NATO nor in the European Union at that time. He added that 30 years ago also Ukraine “was in a completely different reality”. – Ukraine has clearly opted for a pro-Western direction, has also opted for the best possible relations with Poland and is starting to refer to the history that unites us – he stressed.
Przydacz believes that the fact that Volodymyr Zelensky responded positively to Andrzej Duda’s proposal is “a very eloquent and strong symbolism”.
Przydacz also recalled another, joint event: the participation of President Zelensky in 2021 in Warsaw in the celebration of the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the constitution on May 3. – That is, apart from Poland and Lithuania, which in the last 30 years have built their identity on this history, the Ukrainian nation is also more and more ready to refer to this good tradition, common history – noted the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The deputy minister also pointed to the Hadziak union of the 17th century, i.e. an attempt to transform the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Therefore, in his opinion, “it could be considered whether the place where the new treaty on good-neighborly relations between Poland and Ukraine was signed could be Hadziacz” in Ukraine, which is also a symbolic place. In 1658, an agreement was concluded there between the Commonwealth and the Zaporozhye hetman and the Cossack elders, which was to free Ukraine from the hands of Tsar Alexei I of Russia, precisely through the establishment of the Republic of the Three Nations. Republic of Poland with Russia.
“There has been a gigantic rapprochement between Poles and Ukrainians”
However, according to him, the fact that the history of the First Republic of Poland is remembered in Ukraine today is mainly due to the fact that “there has been a gigantic rapprochement between Poles and Ukrainians” and the fact that Ukrainians realize “who is their true friend and who is their enemy.” .
When asked about his “enemies”, Przydacz found it obvious that “there are such states and nations, and especially one that is absolutely not interested in good cooperation between Central and Eastern European states”. However, he expressed his hope that “someday in the future, the Belarusian people will also have a chance and the opportunity to express their full will also on historical matters”.
– It is no coincidence that the clash of civilizations that we observe today takes place on the border between Ukraine and Russia, and also in Belarus itself. These two nations, these two states subcutaneously referring to the tradition of our common state, to the tradition of the First Polish Republic, have in their DNA written a will to live in freedom, a desire for a democratic system, equality, and influence on power – he said.
When asked whether the priorities of Polish foreign policy could evolve after signing the new treaty with Ukraine, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that “NATO and the European Union are the natural environment for Poland”. – We will want Ukraine to integrate with Euro-Atlantic structures and thus also move closer to Poland – he added.
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