Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the time has come for a dialogue between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, but that Ukraine has a right to use force against armed militants.
Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski shared his views during a press conference at the conclusion of the trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Germany, Poland and Russia in Saint Petersburg, June 10, reports Ukrainska Pravda, citing UNIAN.
“Poland supports the dialogue and we support a political solution. However this does not change the fact that we believe that Ukraine, which is a sovereign country, has a right to use force against illegal armed forces that seek to destabilize the situation in the country,” he said.
“If Russia really wants to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, then it should first of all curb the influx of separatists and military equipment crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border,” Sikorski said, as quoted by Gazeta Wyborcza.
According to Sikorski, questions regarding the competence of local authorities and the issue of language rights in Ukraine need to be addressed by methods that comply with the Constitution of Ukraine, rather by using “rockets and machine guns, as the separatists have attempted to do.”
“I believe that the time has come for dialogue,” he said, adding that the election of the new president of Ukraine will facilitate a resolution to the situation while also creating the right conditions for new negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
“We believe that the president is capable of uniting Ukraine, as evidenced by his inaugural speech, a portion of which was in Russian,” Sikorski said.
Sikorsky also pointed out that Poland is the only EU country that shares borders with both Ukraine and Russia. In his view, this is sufficient reason for Poland to consider the conflict between the two countries one that affects the interests of Poland.
“This is why we want for everything to be resolved peacefully as soon as possible. We are glad that a dialogue has begun between Ukraine and Russia (mediated by the OSCE),” he said.
After the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that Russia was ready to facilitate the dialogue among Ukrainians regarding the future structure of Ukraine.
Translation: Anna Mostovych
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