President of Ukraine

Joint statement by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

12 October 2020 - 14:08

Joint statement by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

Kyiv, October 12, 2020

We, the Presidents of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland:

Emphasize the importance of Ukrainian-Polish bilateral relations, which have the character of a strategic partnership. We express our will for their comprehensive development for the benefit of our societies and economies. We agree that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the global and regional order. We emphasize the need to strengthen international cooperation in order to overcome new challenges and threats.

We underscore the respect of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland for international law and the basic principles of international relations, while calling for an end to the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the ongoing aggression in Donbas. The Republic of Poland expresses interest in cooperating with Ukraine in the framework of the international platform for deoccupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Ukraine and the Republic of Poland emphasize the right of citizens of all countries to determine their future as a result of democratic elections.

The Republic of Poland reaffirms its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

We condemn crimes against humanity, in particular those committed on the basis of hatred, and we believe that they cannot be justified in any way. We recognize the importance of honoring the memory of innocent victims of the conflicts and political repressions of the twentieth century. We emphasize the need to ensure that these victims can be found and exhumed in Ukraine and Poland in order to pay tribute to their memory and to their surviving relatives and descendants in a spirit of respect for historical truth.

The Presidents of Ukraine and Poland condemn acts of desecration of Ukrainian cultural monuments and places of remembrance in Poland and Polish cultural monuments and places of remembrance in Ukraine, and call on the relevant authorities to take proper care of them.

We reaffirm the importance of protecting the rights of national minorities in Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, in particular in the field of education, in accordance with international commitments and bilateral agreements. The principles of operation of Polish minority schools in Ukraine and Ukrainian minority schools in Poland will be regulated by an agreement between our governments separately.

We reaffirm the willingness of both states to cooperate in order to further deepen Ukraine's relations with the European Union on the principles of association and deep economic integration. We positively assess the results of the 22nd Ukraine-European Union Summit, which took place on October 6 this year.

Ukraine expresses gratitude to the Republic of Poland for its practical support for Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, especially in the process of reforming the national security and defense sector in accordance with NATO standards. Both parties emphasize the importance of granting Ukraine the status of a partner with enhanced opportunities by the North Atlantic Alliance.

The Ukrainian party confirms the invariability of the state's course towards the implementation of a set of ambitious reforms, strengthening the rule of law and overcoming corruption. The Polish party reaffirms its readiness to provide further support for systemic transformation in Ukraine.

We confirm the need for further development of the capabilities and potential of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade named after the Grand Hetman Konstanty Ostrogski.

We emphasize the importance of mutually beneficial economic cooperation in order to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Ukrainian and Polish markets in the context of a functioning deep and comprehensive free trade area between the European Union and Ukraine. We consider it necessary to immediately intensify the work of the Ukrainian-Polish Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation. It is in the interests of the two countries to increase the volume of mutual investments in Ukraine and Poland. In this context it is important to create favorable conditions for doing business.

We emphasize the need for further cooperation in the energy sector to strengthen energy security in the region and in Europe as a whole. We see the importance of increasing the reliability and diversification of energy supply, as well as ensuring the transparency of the energy sector.

We emphasize the need for cooperation to strengthen the role of our region as an important transport, transit, infrastructure, innovation and investment center for the European continent.

The Republic of Poland supports the deepening of Ukraine’s cooperation with the The Three Seas Initiative.

We declare the need to continue the work of the Advisory Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and the Republic of Poland, the next full meeting of which will take place in Warsaw.

We recognize that humanitarian and cultural cooperation remains an important part of the bilateral agenda and will be aimed at promoting people-to-people contacts, developing new initiatives and implementing joint projects in the fields of education, science, health, sports, youth exchanges and tourism.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy                                                           Andrzej Duda