Officials with anti-Polish views have no place in Ukrainian politics: president
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that Kiev should ensure that people who openly proclaim anti-Polish views do not occupy senior positions in Ukrainian politics.
Andrzej Duda. Photo: prezydent.pl
Duda’s comments come amid tensions over the troubled history shared by Poland and Ukraine.
Duda told Catholic broadcasters TV Trwam and Radio Maryja in an interview: "I expect President Petro Poroshenko and his colleagues, Prime Minister [Volodymyr] Groysman, [to ensure] that people who openly proclaim nationalist and anti-Polish views will not occupy important positions in Ukrainian politics, because such people do not build relations between our countries; they destroy them.”
He added: "There are people in very important positions in Ukraine who practically openly have anti-Polish views. This is unacceptable."
On Thursday, when asked about tensions between Poland and Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that officials in Warsaw were planning to ban “individuals with an extremely anti-Polish approach” from entering the country.
He suggested the ban would apply to Ukrainian officials who do not allow Polish experts to continue their search and exhumation work in Ukraine and who are preventing continued work to renovate sites in that country of significance to Poland.