Poland Declares Unwavering Support For Ukraine's EU, NATO Drive

WARSAW, Poland -- Poland is unwavering in its support for Ukraine's drive to join the European Union and the NATO Western defence alliance, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anna Fotyga said Tuesday in Warsaw following talks with her Ukrainian counterpart Borys Tarasyuk.

Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anna Fotyga

Foreign Minister Tarasyuk announced Ukraine's new Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych would visit Poland in early September to attend the Krynica Economic Forum September 6-9 in the Polish mountain resort town of Krynica.

The Moscow-oriented Yanukovych is expected to meet for the first time with Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

The annual Krynica Forum is created specifically for Central and Eastern Europe and modelled on the annual Davos World Economic Forum in the swish Swiss mountain resort.

"Poland is a strategic partner for Ukraine and what is important is how both counties will fulfil this relationship," Tarasyuk told reporters.

He pointed to guaranteeing the minority rights for Ukrainians in Poland and Poles in Ukraine and the liberal flow of people and goods along Poland's EU border with Ukraine as priorities in the partnership.

Having joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in May 2004, Poland is one of the most vocal advocates of the further eastward expansion of both blocs.

Tarasyuk also confirmed talks were underway to remove an import ban imposed by Ukraine on Polish meat. He did not specify exactly when the ban may be lifted.

Source: Deutsche Presse-Agenteur