On May 3, Polish President Andrzej Duda delivered a speech on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the Polish constitution. Speech text published Office of the Polish President.
Duda spoke, among other things, about the Russian war against Ukraine and the joint history of Ukraine and Poland, mentioned the statement of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who said that special relations have developed in the history of relations between Ukraine and Poland, and against the background of the unification of countries, “historical issues seem small.”
The President of Poland noted that the history of the two countries in recent centuries was not easy.
“For all the grandeur of this story, so difficult in recent centuries, where so often on the common table of Poles and Ukrainians there were a gun, an ax, weapons, they put bread. This is an act that – I deeply believe in it – paves a completely new path in our history, in the history of both our and other peoples,” he said.
Duda also thanked the public services of Poland and the local authorities of the country for decisions aimed at supporting Ukraine.
“The time of challenges that we are witnessing has begun, but has not yet ended,” he said and warned the Poles that there are “many more difficulties and worries” ahead, since the sanctions policy aimed at forcing the Russian Federation to stop aggression is “expensive “.
“We must survive this, we must pursue a responsible policy, we must fight it. This is a modern challenge, which especially concerns those in power,” Duda continued.
He said that it is also about responsibility for the future of the region and building good neighborly relations with Ukraine.
“I firmly believe that we can do this. That just as we were able to accept our neighbors, we can protect them so that when the war is over, they can return to their homes and we can help them in the work of rebuilding Ukraine: a free sovereign and independent Ukraine, which I hope will decades, and maybe, God forbid, for centuries a brotherly state for Poland, and as I hope, Zelensky prophetically said, there will no longer be a border between our countries – Poland and Ukraine. This border does not actually exist. That we will live together on this earth, building and rebuilding together our common happiness and common strength, which will allow us to repel any danger or any possible threat,” Duda summed up.