Poland to launch new Ukrainian policy – President Komorowski
December 3, 2013
Polish PM Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski
Poland will attempt to build a new plan of action on the European scene as far as relations with Ukraine are concerned, taking into account the outcome of the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership, President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Monday following a meeting of the Polish National Security Council (RBN) called to discuss Ukrainian crisis.
RBN met on Monday afternoon to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and attempt to draw political and strategic conclusions from the crisis. The meeting was attended by the leaders of Polish opposition parties Solidary Poland and Your Movement. Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski resigned from sitting on the council, and Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) head Leszek Miller, who was abroad will meet with the president on Tuesday morning.
"We have agreed with the prime minister that we will make an effort to create a new plan for Poland to adopt as part of Europe, as part of the entire Western world, but also in relation to Ukraine and neighbors of Poland in this changed post-Vilnius reality," Komorowski said at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Donald Tusk as he referred to a new political challenge Poland faced after Ukraine froze negotiations with the EU and decided to strengthen ties with Russia.
"We remain convinced that Poland's work to ensure the success of the Eastern Partnership, especially bearing in mind Ukraine, is a great challenge but at the same time involves great responsibility," the president said.
Both President Komorowski and PM Tusk stressed Poland's role in fostering further EU-Ukraine relations and the fact that all Polish politicians observed a joint Ukrainian policy as well the need for maintaining relations with both the Ukrainian opposition and the authorities.
PM Tusk said that he did not welcome Yanukovych's decision to suspend the planned signature of an EU association agreement, but added that the Ukrainian president was elected in a democratic vote and his "legitimacy is not questioned." “Therefore we need to cooperate with all the actors, with all the entities in this endeavor of bringing Ukraine closer to Europe," the PM said.
“Our task is to make sure that the fight for the future of Ukraine will not end in a dramatic way”, Tusk added.
On Sunday, the Polish president hosted a meeting attended by the foreign and interior ministers and the Foreign Intelligence Agency head to discuss the Ukrainian protests sparked by scrapping the EU deal.
Ukrainian pro-EU demonstrators have protested since November 21, mainly in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The protests devolved into violent clashes, as security forces tried to disperse the rallies.
On Sunday the protests gathered some 200,000 people demanding Yanukovych's ouster. On Monday morning protesters blocked all entrances to the government building in Kiev.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Monday said his Ukrainian counterpart had assured him Kiev would not declare a state of emergency in the capital over ongoing pro-democracy demos.