Rada adopts joint Declaration of Remembrance and Solidarity, later to be endorsed by Poland’s Sejm
The Joint Declaration of Remembrance and Solidarity of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and The Sejm of the Republic of Poland Sejm with Poland, adopted in Kyiv Thursday, notes the need to boost efforts for carrying out unbiased research on certain historical issues.
Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy said that the text was also supported by the committee of the Lithuanian Seimas, adding that the document was to be considered by the Polish Sejm the same day.
At the same time, head of the Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko said that Lithuania will join the move soon.
"We believe in the need to intensify unbiased historical research and the need to deter forces that lead to tension between our countries," the declaration reads.
The document says that the legislators are passing it to honor the memory of millions of lives lost during WW II. “They condemn the foreign aggressors who tried to destroy our independence," reads the draft.
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In addition, the MPs stress that Russia’s aggressive foreign policy, the occupation of Crimea, support and conduct of military intervention in eastern Ukraine, violation of the basic norms of international law and agreements concluded with Ukraine, the Kremlin's failure to observe these agreements and waging hybrid information warfare are “a threat to peace and security throughout Europe."
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"We call on all European partners to show unity and international solidarity and protect the united Europe from the external aggression," the declaration says.