"Sanctions imposed on Russia should be prolonged"
Polish President Andrzej Duda believes that sanctions imposed on Russia should be prolonged as the Minsk Agreements are rather unlikely to be implemented on time.
President Duda told reporters during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev that "Ukraine's sovereignty and independence were for Poland one of the key issues" and added that Poland was carefully following the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. President Duda added that their implementation was the first step to peace in Ukraine.
According to the Polish president, the Minsk Agreements are rather unlikely to be implemented on time, that is by December 31. "So it is obvious that the period of their implementation must be prolonged," Duda said, adding that in such a situation the policy of sanctions must continue and "Europe and the world should not give it up".
"I hope that sanctions will be extended in the near future; Poland's position regarding this matter is unequivocal," the president added and declared support for Ukraine's peace aspirations.
The Ukrainian president said Poland was Ukraine's strategic partner and thanked President Duda for Poland's tough position for Ukraine's sovereignty and integrity.
I want Ukraine to attend NATO summit in Warsaw
"I would very much like Ukraine to attend next year's NATO summit in Warsaw, I will try to secure a place for Ukraine at the alliance's table", Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Kiev.
"Poland will host the NATO summit in Warsaw in 2016 and I would very much like Ukraine to be present at this meeting," President Duda said.
The Polish president believes that it is important not only for Polish-Ukrainian relations but also for Ukraine's position in the global sphere and security of our part of the world.
President Poroshenko declared that Ukraine's political and security cooperation with NATO was very important for Ukraine.
"Poland's role in 2016 when the alliance's summit takes place in Warsaw is very significant," he stressed and thanked the Polish head of state for support of Ukrainian initiatives.
Later on Tuesday President Duda met with Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk and head of the Supreme Council of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
In the evening the Polish president met at the Polish Embassy with students and young intellectuals as well as Poles living in Ukraine.