In December, 14, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Polish Republic to Ukraine, Yan Pieklo delivered a lecture “Poland and Ukraine” to students, postgraduates and teaching staff of National technical university of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv polytechnic institute”.
In his lecture he covered the issues of historical relations between our nations, first of all, everything that unites us. “Poland was the first country that accepted the independence of our country, - reminded the speaker at the beginning of the lecture. – We were interconnected, thus the cooperation started immediately. We both had to overcome the consequences of past communism; we opened new pages of our common history. The cooperation between Ukrainian and Polish politicians has been very effective and strong…I remember when I had a meeting with famous American politician of Polish origin, Zbigniew Brzeziński in Washington he told me that Europe cannot exist safely without free and democratic Ukraine and I have to say that there is no safe Poland without free Ukraine as well”.
The manger of Polish democratic mission stressed that in current situation when Europe is experiencing identity, economical and uncertainty breakdowns, when politics of many countries face nationalistic shift, when the mankind seems to be at the historical crossroads, our countries have to move forward a directed path, cooperate and enhance security – Polish, Ukraine, our neighbors security and work over cooperation development in other fields.
While answering the questions asked by students, Yan Peiklo told that at present in Jagielloński, Warsaw and some other universities there have been Departments of Ukrainian Studies established; he also spoke about the opportunities of academic cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian higher educational establishments.
In the end of the meeting, rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv polytechnic institute, academician of Ukrainian NAS, Mykhailo Zgurovsky expressed gratitude to the Polish Republic Ambassador for coming and noted that KPI - is one of the first Ukrainian universities that the Ambassador visits since it’s no long ago he undertook his mission in Ukraine. “In our university we traditionally maintain close ties with many higher educational establishments and scientific center of Polish Republic, - stressed rector in the end. – And I am certain that we will nothing else but develop and strengthen these ties”.