This is what the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs thinks. The Ukrainian head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Pavlo Klimkin, in an interview for the BBC Ukraine raised Polish-Ukrainian issues. There was no shortage of topics related to mutual reluctance and economy.
Let us leave historical issues to historians
Klimkin raised the problem of mutual reluctance of Poles and Ukrainians. He calls forthe understanding of both sides. It is no secret that Poles are wrong with the Ukrainian Insurgent Army movement to commemorate Stepan Bandera. Let us recall that the OUN-B faction, co-created by Bandera, was responsible for the genocide of Polish civilians organized in 1943-1944 in Volhynia and Eastern Lesser Poland, the victim of which was about 100,000 people. However, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that commemorating Bandera in Ukraine is not anti-Polish at all. – We are friends with Polish. And if we are friends, there should be mutual respect and a desire to understand each other. We believe that the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought for the independence of Ukraine. They see it differently. We should discuss this at the level of historians and move forward,” explained Klimkin, recalling at the same time the example of Piłsudzki, whose figure is still cultivated among Poles.
The Minister also referred to the amendment to the Act on the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, which provides, among other things, for instituting criminal proceedings for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists. He also added that he is afraid of his compatriots who are in Poland and worried about their safety.
Looking for an agreement, let us strive for the common good
Paweł Klimkin emphasizes that mutual understanding would be beneficial for both parties. According to our calculations, there are almost one million Ukrainians in Poland today. We actually depend on each other. Ukrainians save the Polish economy – said in an interview for the BBC Ukraine Klinkin.
What is the recipe for the common good? Tolerance and understanding on the part of both Ukrainian and Polish citizens. The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that we should leave the distant past in peace and focus on a common future.