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Polish diplomatic chief visits Kiev on an “urgent” basis in the face of Russian “threat” – ZAP

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Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau traveled to Kiev on Thursday as “extraordinary and urgent” due to “a threat to peace on the Ukrainian borders”, according to a statement from the Polish government.

Rau’s visit, which includes a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dimitri Kulaba, was not on the agenda and was announced through the Polish government’s social networks, which distributed images of the diplomatic delegation in Ukraine visiting a monument in honor of Ukrainian victims gives “Russian aggression”.

“Ukraine has the right to defend itself,” can be read in a message from the Polish government on Twitter, which quotes the head of diplomacy.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for its part, described the Polish visit as a response to Kiev’s invitation to meet and “pay special attention to Russia’s recent destabilizing actions, including the (military) escalation in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea temporarily occupied, where the Russians have been gathering troops and increasing the intensity of propaganda ”.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, during the visit of the Polish delegation, cooperation within international and regional organizations, such as the Lublin Triangle – will also be discussed. cooperation platform formed by Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, which aims to support Kiev’s integration into the European Union (EU).

Ukrainian port authorities have decided to restrict civilian sea transit to the Black Sea indefinitely from this Thursday, due to military activity in the region, which will affect Odessa’s grain exports and could lead to huge economic losses, as the Ukraine, which produces 57 million tonnes per year, is the second largest exporter of cereals in the world.

The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Ruslan Chomczak, said last week that Russia is increasing its military personnel in the Donetsk region, where a ceasefire was agreed in July 2020.

The European Command of the Armed Forces of the United States (USA) raised its alertness level to the highest level, on April 1, after the stop fire in eastern Ukraine have been raped and four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed.

The armed confrontation between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014, has already claimed the lives of some 14,000 people in seven years, according to the United Nations.

Although Poland and Ukraine have several historic disputes still related to World War II, Warsaw has been in favor of integrating its neighbors into the EU, NATO and other Western international organizations.

The population of Ukrainian origin is the largest foreign community in Poland, with around two million people, and the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, said, during an official visit to Kiev on October 12, that Ukraine’s sovereignty and security are a key issue for his country.

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