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The Polish president expressed doubts that Ukraine will be able to win back Crimea – Respublika.lt
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Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed doubts that Ukraine will be able to win back the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia. In an interview with the YouTube channel “Kanal Zero” on Friday evening, he confirmed Poland’s official position that Ukraine must regain control of its entire territory. However, when asked if he believed that Ukraine would really be able to do this, the president said: “It is difficult for me to answer this question.” He said he did not know, reports the Reuters agency.

Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed doubts that Ukraine will be able to win back the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia. In an interview with the YouTube channel “Kanal Zero” on Friday evening, he confirmed Poland’s official position that Ukraine must regain control of its entire territory. However, when asked if he believed that Ukraine would really be able to do this, the president said: “It is difficult for me to answer this question.” He said he did not know, reports the Reuters agency.

Back in 2014 Crimea occupied by Russia, according to A. Duda, is a specific place. “After all, historically, it (Crimea) was in the hands of the Russians for most of the time,” said the Polish leader.

Such statements of A. Duda have received criticism. Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland Vassyl Svaryčas emphasized on the X network that Crimea is and will remain a part of Ukraine. Ending the occupation of Crimea is said to be a common task and duty of the free world. Ukraine has repeatedly emphasized that it intends to reclaim its entire territory, including Crimea.

The president, who is close to the conservative “Law and Justice” party (PiS), which lost power after the elections, was criticized in Poland as well. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski noted that his country recognizes Ukraine’s independence within internationally recognized borders. Poland since the Russian invasion of Ukraine 2022 is one of the strongest supporters of the government in Kyiv.

Commenting on A. Duda’s words, MP Roman Giertych of the ruling Polish Citizens’ Coalition (KO) wrote on the X network: “What an incredibly stupid statement.” He reminded the president that there are cities in Poland that belong to Poland for a shorter time than they belonged to another country.

Meanwhile, the PiS camp came to the defense of A. Duda. Criticism of the president is unfounded, party MP Radoslaw Fogiel also said on the X network. A. Duda is said to have answered the question about Crimea’s recovery and directly said that he did not know how it would be.

A. Duda stated in an interview that he does not know whether Ukraine will get Crimea back. “But I think she will get back Donetsk and Luhansk,” the president added.

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