The three premieres of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia in Kiev: “Friends, you fight for us all”

Of Paolo Valentino

The journey into the heart of the war of the premieres of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic (with Kazcynski). Eastern leaders have said they are on a mission on behalf of the EU but Brussels does not confirm

BERLIN – Being there, where “history is forged”. It is not just a courageous gesture of solidarity, the journey into the heart of the war of the premier of P.
olonia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, who arrived in Kiev yesterday afternoon by train to meet Ukrainian President Zelensky. Like François Mitterrand in Sarajevo in 1992, the risk that Mateusz Morawiecki, Petr Fiala and Janez Jansa they wanted to face is the symbol of the strong determination to oppose the violation of international law and the ruthless attack against the integrity and independence of a sovereign country.

“This is where freedom fights against the world of tyranny. This is where the future of all of us hangs in the balance. Ukraine can count on the help of its European friends, ”Morawiecki wrote in a tweet before leaving, who was accompanied by the deputy premier and strongman of Poland, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. “This war – the message continued – is the work of the cruel tyrant who attacks defenseless people, bombing cities and hospitals in Ukraine”.

In another post on Facebook, just arrived in Kiev, also yesterday under incessant bombardment by Russian troops, the Polish premier wrote: “We have to stop this tragedy as soon as possible, that’s why we’re here”.

Yet, on the visit of the three heads of government of the Visegrád countries (the fourth is Slovakia) theshadow of a forcing. Morawiecki, Fiala and Jansa have in fact said to be on a mission on behalf of the European Union and to have acted in coordination with the Prime Minister, Charles Michel and with the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen. But no one from Brussels confirms this. Indeed, a spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous, explained that there was no “formal mandate”. And he added: «It is a valid initiative. Any initiative to bring peace is naturally welcome. But at the same time, some leaders may wonder whether this improves or hinders the conditions for negotiations with the Russians. It’s a very fine line. ” Not exactly enthusiastic endorsement. In addition, Slovenian Jansa, leader of the populist right very close to Hungarian Viktor Orbán, described the trip as a way of emphasizing that Ukraine is a European country and deserves a day to join the Union. A controversial issue in this phase among the 27, where many countries instead insist on respecting the normal times for a possible accession. Since the beginning of the war, the Visegrád countries have been among the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s entry into the EU.

In Berlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz commented positively on the initiative, explaining that “any format can be useful in this phase”. However, added the chancellor, it is right to talk continuously with Zelensky, but “obviously” also with Russian President Putin, to push in the direction of a ceasefire.

On the other hand, it is interesting to note the great importance given to the initiative by the American media, which also cited the positive comments of members of the Administration. The rumor of a preventive US support for the trip of the three prime ministers has not been confirmed, however.

Due to the serious security situation, the visit took place in semi-secret conditions. A spokesperson for Morawiecki, Michal Dworczyk, told a Polsat News that the three prime ministers met their Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal and President Zelensky, before also seeing the city authorities, without providing further details. Dworczky explained that the visit had been planned and planned in every detail for several days, but announced at the last moment for safety reasons. The rail route was also kept secret.
“This is the courage of our true friends. We discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of sanctions against Russian aggression, ”was Shmyhal’s comment.

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