12:59 01.02.2018

Assessments contained in Polish law on Institute of National Memory are biased, categorically unacceptable – Poroshenko

Assessments contained in Polish law on Institute of National Memory are biased, categorically unacceptable – Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has expressed concern over the adoption of the law on the National Memory Institute by the Senate of Poland, which provides, in particular, punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists."

"I am deeply concerned about the decision of the Polish parliament. Historical truth requires frank conversation and dialogue, not bans. The assessments contained in this decision are absolutely biased and categorically unacceptable," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

"First of all, we remember our common victories and struggle against totalitarian regimes. No political decision can replace the historical truth," the president added.

Poroshenko stressed that the adopted bill does not meet the declared principles of strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland, and called on the Polish side "for objectivity and dialogue." "We will win only together," Poroshenko said.

As reported, in the early hours of Thursday, February 1, the Polish Senate passed the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland, which, among other things, provides for punishment for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists (supporters of the so-called "Bandera ideology").

Amendments to the law provide for fines or imprisonment for up to three years for "the division of responsibilities to the Polish people or state, including for crimes committed by the Third Reich," said on the website of the Polish Radio.

The bill was backed by 57 senators without amendments, mainly of the ruling party "Law and Justice" (PiS), while 23 were against it, and two more senators abstained.

The law will come into force after signing by Polish President Andrzej Duda.

On January 31, three commissions of the Polish Senate supported the bill.

On January 26, the third reading of the package of bills passed by the Polish Sejm, which provides for changes to the law on the National Memory Institute, took place. Among them there was a bill banning "Bandera ideology" in Poland. The document concerns the definition of crimes of Ukrainian nationalists and Ukrainian organizations cooperating with the Third Reich, as well as the possibility of launching, in accordance with Article 55 of the Law on the Institute of National Remembrance, criminal proceedings against persons who deny these crimes.

There is a fine or imprisonment for up to three years for the denial of "Bandera supporters' crimes."

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