Jakarta, Klinik Farma – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Menlu) of Poland, Paweł Jablonski, said that reconciliation between his country and Ukraine has not yet reached its apogee. Varvasa said that this would not have been possible without Kiev’s recognition of the genocide.
For information, the genocide in question is the massacre of ethnic Poles in Volhynia by Ukrainian nationalists during World War II.
In an interview with a TV company RMF24According to Yablonsky, relations between the two neighbors are currently not in the best condition due to recent statements by some Ukrainian authorities.
Jablonsky said he understands the emotions that arose from Russia’s attack on Ukraine. “But (Ukraine) also cannot attack its allies,” he said on Wednesday (02/08/2023), quoted by RT.
“We support Ukraine insofar as it serves the national interests of Poland. It has always been and always will be,” Jablonski said.
While there are many issues on which NATO members and Ukraine disagree, World War II carnage is by far the biggest issue.
The Polish government classifies the killing of up to 60,000 ethnic Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) of Stepan Bandera in 1943-1944 as genocide. They also called on Ukraine to allow the exhumation, to warn and bring to justice those responsible.
“There is no real possibility of Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation without resolving this issue,” insisted Foreign Minister Yablonsky.
Poland has been at the center of NATO’s efforts to supply Ukraine with weapons, ammunition and equipment. The country has also joined efforts by six Eastern European members to block the sale of Ukrainian agricultural exports at below market prices under pressure from disgruntled farmers.
Responding to Ukrainian criticism of the ban earlier this week, Marcin Przydacz, foreign policy adviser to the Polish president, said Kyiv should begin to appreciate the role Poland has played for Ukraine in recent months and years.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry then responded by summoning the Polish ambassador to protest that Przybach’s remarks were false and unacceptable.
Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called Ukraine’s move a serious mistake. He even swore that the interests of other countries would never triumph over the interests of Poland.
US and UK
Tensions and divisions between Kiev and its allies often arose during the ongoing war with Russia.
Recently, tensions have arisen over Ukraine’s military strategy and demands on NATO. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have angered some allies ahead of a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania last July.
This came as Zelenskiy cited the lack of a timetable for resolving the thorny issue of NATO membership and called the conditions that must be met before an invitation to join is issued “absurd.”
For some US and British officials, Zelenskiy’s decision to tell his supporters that Ukraine deserves respect when NATO convened to discuss additional support for Kyiv was too big a move.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was offended by Zelensky’s skeptical comments about the allies regarding the large amount of money allocated to support Ukraine’s attack on Russia.
Wallace said the UK was not an Amazon warehouse that could supply Kyiv with weapons indefinitely when Zelensky’s party handed him a weapons shopping list.
Zelensky’s comments were also not accepted in the United States. U.S. officials are considering softening what Kyiv will offer at the summit, sources told The Washington Post.
“Comments made by Zelensky ahead of the last summit did not resonate well in Washington … The US administration is very upset,” a source familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, said CNBC International.
The source noted that Washington was also distracted by another episode in the war, in which Ukraine appeared to have ignored his advice from them.
“Therefore, the US strongly advises Ukraine not to do certain things, but Kiev does it anyway, bypasses or does not address US issues, and they come to the US, or Washington, or the Biden administration, complaining that they are not involved in NATO. negotiations,” the source said.
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