The President of Poland, in Kyiv: Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The presidents of Poland and Ukraine, Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelenski. Photo source: Jakub Szymczuk / Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland.

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On a visit to Kyiv on Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that a normal relationship with Russia is no longer possible for a long time after the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow’s armies. At the same time, he demanded that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline be dismantled, literally, this being the only acceptable end of this project, writes the Ukrainian news agency UkraNews, citing the speech of the head of state in Warsaw.

The statements were made on the sidelines of the second summit of the new format initiated by Ukraine, entitled “Crimea Platform”.

“I think that many of us must look deep into our souls and ask ourselves what could have happened after last year’s meeting (at the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, ed.). Didn’t too many countries show Russia that they could agree, in such a way as to appease it, and let’s continue to do business in the usual style?”, Duda said in his speech.

In his opinion, a return to a situation preceding the one before February 24 is unimaginable, as long as Russia is at war with Ukraine and occupying territories of the neighboring country.

Referring to the North Stream 2 gas pipeline, Duda noted that the first construction works began shortly after the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“For the West, the change of policy with regard to Russia cannot be only a suspension or a complete cessation of the operation of Nord Stream 2, but the complete dismantling of this pipeline,” said the Polish president.

He also emphasized that after the bombings in Kyiv and Kharkiv, after the murders committed by the Russians in Irpin, Borodianka or Bucha or after the complete destruction of Mariupol, there is no way back to the demarcation line of February 23, 2022.

“It is necessary to liberate the entire territory of Ukraine, including Crimea”, concluded the Polish president.

The second summit of the International Crimean Platform takes place in Kyiv, with the participation of 60 countries and international organizations.

For security reasons, the summit is being held online, but some representatives of the international community have chosen to be physically present in Ukraine, including the president of Poland, one of the countries that has provided the most support to Ukraine since the invasion country by Russia.