Polish President Andrzej Duda told MPs in Kyiv that Ukraine has the right to determine its own future.
So far, Kyiv has rejected any peace deal, including territorial concessions, as well as calls for a ceasefire if Russian forces remain on Ukrainian territory, saying it will simply give Moscow time to rebuild its armed forces.
Speaking to Ukraine’s parliament on May 22, Polish President Andrzej Duda said: “There were voices of concern that Ukraine should give in to (Russian President) Putin’s demands. Only Ukraine has the right to decide your future… There is nothing about you that is not up to you.”
Duda was the first foreign leader to speak directly to Ukraine’s legislature in Kyiv since Russia launched a military offensive against the neighboring country on February 24. According to him, the international community must demand that Russia completely withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory.
Reuters quoted the Polish President as saying: “If Ukraine sacrifices even an inch of its territory for economic reasons or political ambitions, it will be a heavy blow not only for this country, but also for Ukraine and for the entire Western world”. .
The relationship between Poland and Russia has long been “the rice is not good, the soup is not sweet”. Since the outbreak of hostilities, Poland has positioned itself as one of Ukraine’s staunchest allies.
Warsaw strongly supports tough sanctions against Moscow and expressed its desire for Ukraine to join the European Union (EU).
“I will not rest until Ukraine becomes a member of the EU,” said Duda.