Polish FM urges Ukraine to "take concrete steps" amid tensions over history - Radio Poland
Poland is open to cooperation with Ukraine, but expects authorities in that country to “take concrete steps” amid tensions over historical issues, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said, speaking in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, according to Radio Poland.
Waszczykowski urged the country’s authorities to “unblock” work by a team of Poles searching for the remains of Polish victims of wartime crimes, Radio Poland reported.
As reported earlier on Thursday, when asked about tensions between Poland and Ukraine over historical issues, Waszczykowski said that officials in Warsaw were planning to ban “individuals with an extremely anti-Polish approach” from entering the country.
He suggested the ban would apply to Ukrainian officials who do not allow Polish experts to continue their search and exhumation work in Ukraine and who are preventing continued work to renovate sites in that country of significance to Poland.
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Waszczykowski told reporters in Lviv on Saturday that Poland welcomed the assurances that there was no anti-Polish sentiment in Ukraine and that the people of Ukraine were friendly to Poland.
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