The Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland believes that the case of place of memory in Polish-Ukrainian relations has long been not historical but political. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polish Radio.

The issue of memory places in Polish-Ukrainian relations has been not historical, but political for a long time,” said Konrad Shymansky, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, on the air of the Polish Radio.

In the spring of 2017, disputes began between Warsaw and Kiev when the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance banned the search and exhumation of the remains of Polish victims of wars and conflicts on the territory of Ukraine. The ban was issued after the demolition of the UPA monument in Hrushevychi in the Pidcarpatske region and the previous cases of defeat and destruction of Ukrainian memorial sites in Poland.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko spoke last week about the conditions for the restoration of Polish search works. He said that these works would be restored if the Polish authorities would protect the Ukrainian memory sites in their territory.

The Polish side has clearly demonstrated what it is expecting when it comes out of this impasse. This is not an excessive expectation. It’s about honest historical research and honest exhumations, so that we can rely our historical beliefs on convincing evidence,” Konrad Shymansky said.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland also stressed that “he does not know what the sentence of the Constitutional Court of Poland, which is currently studying amendments to the law on INP, but only the court can share the doubts posed by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda”.