The Polish Sejm (lower house) in a Thursday resolution urged Moscow to free Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in Russian prisons, such as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a native of Crimea, who was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony.
Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, said during a meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak, that Ukraine's success is very important for the security of Europe and Kiev should be supported in its efforts to be closer to NATO.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz chaired a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday devoted to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In his address, Czaputowicz praised Ukrainians' determination to become part of the Western world.
The transit of gas through Ukraine should be maintained following the 2019 expiry of a Russian gas transit agreement, national and company representatives argued at a Friday conference in Brussels.
NATO does not currently perceive any direct threat of a military attack on any Alliance country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told PAP on Friday, at the same time admitting that NATO is carefully watching Russia's aggressive acts.
"Ukraine is still an object of military aggression and the illegal occupation of its territory; ceasefire in this country is still far from implemented," Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in New York on Tuesday.
Over 50,000 foreigners applied for a residence permit in Poland in the first quarter of 2018, 11 percent more than in the same period in 2017, the Office for Foreigners announced on Monday. Most of the applications were filed by citizens of Ukraine.
As Polish companies struggle to find qualified workers, more have been hiring foreign citizens, above all from Ukraine. Right now, that can involve long waits and paperwork.
Poland has indicated that it would be willing to review its stance on immigration to satisfy the country’s increasing labour shortage.
Strengthening the role of international law, and the conflict in eastern Ukraine will be main priorities of Poland's UN Security Council presidency in May, stated the Polish Permanent Representative to the UN.