Kiev perceives the new design of Polish passports as Poland’s revenge

Head of the Centre of the Near and Middle East, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on RT the situation with the protest to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of the Warsaw’s desire to place on the pages of the new Polish passport an image of rotunda chapel, located in Lviv.

“The current conservative ruling party of Poland during the election campaign made the history as a banner of its political struggle. Probably, a similar situation may occur in the future. Not only Lviv, but also Vilna and Western Belarus were the part of Poland. These places of suffering the Poles are trying to keep even in their passports, so that future generations don't forget what Poland was a great country. They still consider these territories as an integral part of Poland. They are nostalgic for the past,” she explained.

RISS expert noted that the protest of the Ukraine is probably due to the fact that it perceives the intention of the Poles to place the image of the chapel in the new Polish passports as an infringement of Poland to the Lviv’s territory.

“Ukraine, apparently, considers this situation as the Poland’s revenge because it reminds them of those events that Ukrainians today do not want to remember,” she concluded.

Ukraine expressed its protest due to the plans of Poland place on the pages of the new Polish passport an image of rotunda chapel, located in Lviv. The expert called the protest of Kiev “groundless.”

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