Deterioration of Relations with Poland Is Temporary

November 21, 2017

Deterioration of relations with Poland is a situational occasion, largely conditioned by internal political circumstances in Poland. This is what is causing this external rhetoric of Polish government. On the other hand, after negotiations between the two countries, we may soon have a resolution.

This situation is not about concessions. We do not need a confrontational position that would only exacerbate the situation. The fact that Ukrainian and Polish presidents have had a consultation is already a major step forward. We should not be measuring, who agreed to bigger or smaller concessions, as these decisions are bringing us closer to a resolution, which is the number one priority.

It is premature to say that the situation is mitigated or completely removed from the agenda, there will be more outbursts, but this is temporary.


Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia.


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979);

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986);

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991).

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications.

1979–1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova;

1991–1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;

1994–1998 — diplomatic service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Leading Expert.

Diplomatic rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff.

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