Poland and EU seek positive solution to Ukrainian crisis
January 27, 2014
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Polish PM Donald Tusk
Polish PM Donald Tusk spoke to one of the leaders of Ukrainian opposition Arseniy Yatsenyuk by phone and informed him about the steps European Union would take towards the Ukrainian crisis, government spokesperson Malgorzata Kidawa-Błońska said on Sunday.
Both Tusk and Yatsenyuk said they hoped for positive solution of the situation, Kidawa-Błońska added.
Under pressure from Russia, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a key EU association agreement in November, triggering the start of protests against him by pro-EU demonstrators.
On Friday, Tusk said that Ukraine was at risk of breaking apart because of the escalation between police and anti-government protesters, and urged EU action to ward off further instability.
"The most important thing is to cooperate with both the opposition and Ukrainian authorities in order to prevent the black scenario that is really possible: Ukraine falling apart," premier Donald Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.
Poland's security also depends on peace in Ukraine, he said.
On Saturday Poland's PM Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski met President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy during his visit to Warsaw and discussed, among others, the situation in Ukraine and the EU's joint stance on the developments in Kiev.
Meanwhile, amid new efforts to end the deadly unrest, Yanukovych offered the post of prime minister to Yatsenyuk and the position of deputy PM to another one, former boxer Vitali Klitschko following their talks on Saturday.
However, Yatsenyuk said that the opposition rejected the presidential offer and the protests would continue. He added that new elections need to be held.
On Friday, Polish lower house Sejm adopted a resolution condemning the use of force against peaceful demonstrations in Ukraine, calling for an immediate end to violence and urging political factions to seek a peaceful solution of the conflict.