Poland Gives Up On Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland -- Poland has stopped its fight for the future of Ukrainian membership in the European Union, claims the Polish newspaper Dziennik.

Poland’s President Lech KaczyƄski (R) and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko (L).

'We had no choice but to quit because no one in the EU, except for Poland, supports integration with Ukraine’, says the newspaper.

Europe has already forgotten its enthusiasm about the Orange Revolution.

In Ukraine a constant crisis makes implementing reforms impossible.

Officially, according to the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw, nothing has changed from the Polish position. ‘We still support admitting Ukraine as soon as possible’, says the spokesman.

But, according to the newspaper, Polish diplomats haven’t continued any kind of activity in this field for months.

France, Germany, Italy and Spain, four of five biggest EU member states, are particularly afraid of close co-operation with Ukraine and Turkey is one of the main reasons.

‘We’ve got a problem with Turkey. 40 years ago we promised membership to that country. So here we are: no one really wants Turkey in the EU but no one can simply reject it’, says a French diplomat.

Old Europe doesn’t want to have similar trouble with Ukraine, claims Dziennik.

When Wladimir Putin, Russian President, appears to bully Western partners, Polish columnists needn’t worry too much, says Professor Ryszard Terlecki, a historian of the Polish Academy of Science, in his article published by Rzeczpospolita.

Without such attributes of the Soviet system as censorship and compulsory consensus, Russia cannot really follow the Soviet Union.

During last 15 years Moscow lost all its political battles.

It had to accept the NATO enlargement including not only Poland but also the Baltic states.

It had to give up its influence in the Middle East, former Yugoslavia and Iraq.

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are breaking Russian dreams about reuniting former Soviet republics.

The Kremlin is also to lose its battle against the American anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Placing the system in Central Europe means that Moscow will no longer be able to dream about re-establishing its zone of influence in that region but also in Ukraine, the Balkans and, in the near future, Belarus, assures Professor Terlecki.

Source: Polish Radio

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