Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has discussed the difficult situation in Ukraine with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, one of the opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy; he told this to the Polish media on Thursday.
"In a conversation with President Viktor Yanukovych, I warned against the consequences of a continuation or escalation of the conflict ... This is a simple piece of advice: victim, bloodshed always a stronger burden on the authorities than the direct perpetrators or those guilty of death [of people - ed.], and all fatal victims always unite and simultaneously radicalize friends of the killed and injured in the conflict, " Komorowski said. In a conversation with Van Rompuy, according to the Polish leader, he advocated the need to maintain a strong position in the EU for the Eastern Partnership project, as well as opposing the bloodshed, suspending the conflict and opening new perspectives for Kyiv. In conversations with Yanukovych, Klitschko and Van Rompuy the Polish president reminded of the Polish experience in the difficult moments of history, and in particular the positive role of the church. Komorowski believes that the Ukrainian authorities should be aware of the risk that the imposition of sanctions "hangs on a single thread" and it can be done at any time. The Polish leader added that at this stage the most important thing is the rejection of coercive methods in dealing with complex internal problems in Ukraine. Also, he believes it is necessary to keep perspective of Ukraine's European integration and willingness to sign an Association Agreement if specific requirements are met. A declaration of support to proposals for European integration, in his opinion, should also be supported by a particular economic assistance. "We know that Ukraine is in a difficult economic situation. We see the possibility of solving economic dilemmas of Ukraine through domestic reforms that can and should be supported by external assistance from the Western world," Komorowski said. The Polish president also stressed the need to substantiate the visa waiver prospects for Ukrainian citizens.