FM: Poland firmly opposes Russia's interference in Ukrainian affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said at the Saturday conference "Europe of the Carpathians" in the south-eastern city of Przemysl that Poland strongly opposes Russia's physical and ideological interference in Ukrainian affairs.

The minister was a guest speaker at a discussion panel "The future of the European Union - national experiences and objectives".

Czaputowicz stressed that the inhabitants of Central Europe are sensitive to any attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the EU member states and, due to their experience, they quickly notice double standards of supranational institutions and do not accept their wrongly understood role.  

He added that no decisions regarding Central European countries should be taken "over their heads."

"We are firmly opposed to Russia's physical and ideological interference in Ukrainian affairs, and at the same time we are a natural ally of Ukraine, but also other Eastern European countries on their path to full democracy," the foreign minister declared.

He also argued that the short-sighted "protectionism or the concept of a multi-speed Europe is one of those attitudes that have never won anything, anywhere in history."

In early February, the European Commission adopted a strategy for prospective EU enlargement to the countries of the Western Balkans. The document indicates the requirements that Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo must meet in order to be able to move closer to the EU.

"We hope that the entire Balkan region will join the European Union in the foreseeable future," Czaputowicz added.