Ukraine: Polish President in Kyiv to reaffirm his strong support for Russia

Ukraine: Polish President visits Kyïv to reaffirm strong support against Russia

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Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and reaffirm Poland's determination to help his country in the face of the Russian invasion, and to impose sanctions on Moscow accordingly. 

“Polish President Andrzej Duda has arrived in Kyiv (…) We welcome our friend to the capital!” wrote the Ukrainian border guard service on Telegram, accompanying its message with a video showing Mr. Duda received at the station after arriving by train.

His arrival is part of the “Crimean platform”, an initiative bringing together the main states supporting Ukraine and which already existed before the invasion of the country by Russia launched almost six months ago to the day. , February 24.

“The presidents will certainly discuss how Poland can help, including politically in order to persuade other countries to offer and continue their support,” explained during of a press conference on Tuesday Pawel Szrot, the head of the Polish presidential administration.

According to him, Warsaw will insist on the need to sanction Moscow with “decisive restrictive measures” which would allow Russian citizens to “understand the serious aggression committed by (their) country”.

“The president is also convinced that all Western countries, the EU, NATO, must act in solidarity”, he said. – he added.

Poland, like the Baltic countries, is among the most inconditi nationals of Ukraine within the EU, but also the greatest critics of Russia, as opposed in particular to Germany and France, whose sometimes more measured positions are criticized by Kyiv.