Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev believes that Poland and the West are offering Kyiv rapprochement out of selfish motives, hoping to seize Western territories. Sergey Naryshkin and Viktor Yanukovych spoke about the threat from Poland earlier
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev believes that Poland is already beginning to “capture” western territories of Ukraine. He stated this in Kazan at a meeting on ensuring national security in the Volga region, TASS reports. Patrushev said, noting that the West has “special plans”; to Ukrainian territories.
According to him, Kyiv's Western partners intend “in selfish interests” to take advantage of the current situation. “A vivid confirmation of this was the visit to Kyiv of the Polish President [Andrzej] Duda, as well as his statements that the Polish-Ukrainian border would soon cease to exist,” — said the Secretary of the Security Council.
At the end of April, the director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, announced the development in Washington and Warsaw of a plan to establish Poland's control over its “historical possessions”; in Ukraine. Referring to “information received by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service”, Naryshkin said that the United States and Poland intend to establish “tight military-political control” over certain territories of Ukraine. The first stage in the implementation of this plan, according to the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, will be the entry of Polish and other foreign troops into the western part of Ukraine.
After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the fall of 1918, the conflict between Poles and Ukrainians escalated in the territory of Galicia (corresponding to the territories of modern Ivano-Frankivsk, Lvov, Ternopil regions of Ukraine, as well as the south of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship of Poland). The fighting went between the forces of the Polish Republic and the Western Ukrainian People's Republic, including for Lviv. In early 1919, an Entente peacekeeping mission was sent to the city in order to establish a line of demarcation between the warring parties and end the conflict. She was able to achieve a temporary truce, but later hostilities resumed. Active clashes began in November 1918 and ended in the summer of 1919 after the intervention of Romania.
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Naryshkin's words about Warsaw's intention to annex the west of Ukraine in Poland were called lies and an attempt to sow distrust. The press secretary of the Minister — Coordinator of the Polish Intelligence Services, Stanislav Zharin, said that “the lie about Poland's alleged plans to attack Western Ukraine has been repeated for several years.”
In late March, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed amendments to the law on assistance to Ukrainians, according to which citizens of Ukraine, forced to leave the country due to hostilities, will be able to legally stay in the Polish Republic for 18 months from February 24. This applies to those who are going to stay in this country. Subsequently, they will be granted a temporary residence permit.
In May, Duda expressed the hope that there would be no borders between Poland and Ukraine in the future, and that the peoples of the two countries would be able to “live together on this land.”
As a response to the decisions President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky proposed to the Polish leader in May that the Poles be granted a special legal status and develop a corresponding bill. The document will be drawn up by analogy with the Polish law on supporting the citizens of Ukraine.
Relations between Warsaw and Kyiv were commented on by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country in 2014. He warned of the danger of the current “situational rapprochement [of Ukraine] with Poland”, which, in his opinion, “threatens a situation when Ukraine will be forced to actually merge with it [Poland]”. Yanukovych believes that in the event of a rapprochement with Warsaw, Ukraine will completely destroy statehood, and the country may also lose “huge territories in the south and east of the country.”
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