Poroshenko critical of Poland's bill criminalizing Ukrainian nationalist ideology

12:51, 01 February 2018
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland, which, among other things, provides for punishment for the support of Ukrainian nationalist ideology (the so-called "Bandera ideology"), does not correspond to the declared principles of strategic partnership between Poland and Ukraine.

"I am deeply concerned about the decision by the Polish parliament. The historical truth requires frank conversation and dialogue rather than bans," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on Thursday, February 1.

He noted that "the assessments contained in this decision are absolutely biased and entirely unacceptable."

Read alsoU.S. urges Poland to reevaluate legislation on crimes during Holocaust"First of all, we remember our common victories and struggle against totalitarian regimes. No political decision can replace the historical truth," he said.

"The adopted bill does not correspond to the declared principles of strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland," Poroshenko said.

He called on Poland to be objective and hold a dialogue in issues related to common history.

"Only together we will win," the president said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in the early hours of Thursday, February 1, the Polish Senate passed the draft law on the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland, which, among other things, provides for punishment for denying the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists.

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