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Duda’s refusal to meet Poroshenko is a blow to Kiev - Pushkov

May 27, 2015, 2:15 updated at: May 27, 2015, 4:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Reports that appeared in the media earlier on Tuesday said that Poroshenko was planning to meet Polish President Elect Andrzej Duda and incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski in Warsaw
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MOSCOW, May 26 /TASS/. A meeting between Poland’s President Elect Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has been cancelled. It is a serious blow to Kiev, Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs, wrote in Twitter on Tuesday.

"Duda did not have time to meet Poroshenko in Warsaw. It is a blow to Kiev. Apparently, unlike Komorowski /Poland’s outgoing president/, Duda is not a very big fan of OUN-UPA," Pushkov said.

Reports that appeared in the media earlier on Tuesday said that Poroshenko was planning to meet Polish President Elect Andrzej Duda and incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski in Warsaw. However, the Polish news agency PAP said later that the Ukrainian leader would only meet Komorowski and that the president elect would be unable to meet Poroshenko because of tough schedule and the need to go to Brussels because he is still a European Parliament deputy.

In May, the Ukrainian president signed a package of laws on de-communization that recognize the activities of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists - Ukrainian Insurgent Army /OUN-UPA/ in Ukraine during WWII as struggle for the country’s independence.

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