Poroshenko, Duda agree on extraordinary meeting in Krakow
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Polish President Andrzej Duda in a telephone conversation on Saturday, November 11, agreed to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland at the level of foreign policy advisers in Krakow this week.
"They agreed to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland at the level of foreign policy advisers in Krakow next week," the press service of the Ukrainian president reported on November 11.
The sides also coordinated their positions in the context of preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit, which will be held in Brussels on November 24.
The leaders of the two states exchanged views on topical issues of bilateral relations.
Poroshenko also congratulated Duda on Poland's Independence Day and expressed hope for the strengthening of strategic partnership for the sake of peace, prosperity and wellbeing of the peoples of the two countries.
As reported, on November 8, Poroshenko initiated a special meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland to prevent further escalation of tension between the two countries.
"Recent strong statements by representatives of the Polish authorities addressed to Ukraine and its leadership cause serious concern and cannot be left without proper response. In order to strengthen the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, and to avoid further escalation of tension, recognizing the need to resolve any outstanding issues in bilateral relations exclusively in a civilized European way. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has initiated the holding of an extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland," Ukrainian presidential press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on his Facebook page.
He recalled the Consultative Committee is an advisory agency designed to facilitate the implementation of agreements between the heads of both states aimed at deepening the friendly relations between Ukraine and Poland. It is headed by the foreign policy advisers of the presidents of the two states.
Duda said on November 7 that he expected Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman not to allow people with anti-Polish views to occupy important public posts. He noted that such people "do not build cooperation between our countries, they are destroying them." Therefore, there should be no such people in Ukraine's big politics, in politics, which has international significance."
Duda noted that there are such people in Ukrainian politics. "It's also necessary to speak loudly that there are people in important positions in Ukraine who have almost openly anti-Polish views, this is unacceptable," the Polish president stressed.