News Politics, 13/12/2017

Two Presidents Discuss Security and History in Kharkiv

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Poland Andrzej Duda are meeting in Kharkiv today.

First, Duda and Poroshenko honored the memory of the Polish soldiers, killed by NKVD in spring 1940 and buried in Kharkiv – now the burial place is the cemetery with the memorial park. The presidents laid flowers to the Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarianism.

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During the joint press conference, two presidents talked about the implementation of reforms in Ukraine, Russian aggression in Donbas and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Among other things, they also discussed conflicting historical issues in Poland-Ukraine relations.

“History should be dealt with by historians, and politicians should engage in politics,” Poroshenko noted.

“Only one country benefits from historical conflicts between Ukraine and Poland, and it is neither Ukraine nor Poland. It is Russia,” said the Ukrainian president to sum up the negotiations.

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The main topic of the meeting was the security policy in the context of the situation in the east of Ukraine. The meeting was attended by the OSCE mission observers and representatives of the United Nations Development Program.

“There can be neither independent Poland without independent Ukraine nor independent Ukraine without independent Poland,” Józef Pilsudski’s words were quoted by Petro Poroshenko.

The presidents agreed to develop cooperation on historical issues and mutual support in security issues in the near future.

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The high-level meeting didn’t go without a prank in Kharkiv: some local journalists noted that before the presidents’ visit to the memorial park, the street curbs were washed, the bloggers made fun out of the post-Soviet show-off.

Text: Olena Sokolynska

Photo: Official FB of Petro Poroshenko