ua en ru

Russian spies involved in Polish protests on Ukraine border - Minister of Justice

Russian spies involved in Polish protests on Ukraine border - Minister of Justice Minister of Justice Denys Maliuska (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Russian spies are involved in the protests of Polish farmers on the border with Ukraine. One should not judge everyone based on the actions of a small group of people, says Minister of Justice Denys Maliuska in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

According to him, if Ukraine wants to become a member of the European Union, it is necessary to cultivate a culture of negotiation and dialogue and "not to fall for escalation" because the EU is about "multiculturalism and presumption of innocence."

"Do you know who spilled corn from these wagons? I don't know either. Could it be someone from the Russians? Maybe. Why do we shift the responsibility to Poland, to the farmers, if we don't know? Until we know, until the person is identified, I would refrain from that. Because I guarantee you that there are definitely Russian spies there. It cannot be otherwise," Maliuska says.

As the minister points out, one should not judge everyone based on the actions of a small group of people.

"I have seen these farmers and have spoken with them numerous times. I often go to Warsaw for negotiations or transit, passing through the border, I get out of the car and talk to them. Yes, someone obviously works for Russia, provoking incidents. But it does not mean at all that this is the standard general opinion of everyone blocking the borders," he explains.

The head of the ministry notes that farmers have their own private interests, which are not particularly connected to politics, but "someone inside Poland, maybe even Russians, is playing this game" to increase the level of discussion.

"This is a common Russian tactic. They seek out small problems and elevate them to a maximum level. That's why there's such an impression, including through the media, that Ukraine haters have gathered there, who only think about destroying us. But it is not true. The first poster that was there, next to which I took a photo, said: 'We help Ukrainians, not oligarchs.' Some people were really very pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian. Moreover, farmers are raging everywhere in Europe," Maliuska adds.

He also states that we should get used to the protests of farmers because "we are going to the European Union," accordingly, farmers' protests are "what will become our everyday life."

"After we become members of the European Union, these farmers will become our allies because our interests will coincide. We will ride on the same tractors, block something together, and demand something together. Guaranteed," the minister concludes.

Situation at Ukraine-Poland border

Six out of 9 directions on the Ukrainian-Polish border are currently blocked. In total, as of March 3, there were 2,400 freight vehicles queued on the Polish side towards Ukraine. Poland is having unofficial negotiations with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on exempting Polish farmers from certain conditions of the European Green Deal.

According to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine and Poland need to find a solution to unblock the border. What is happening now at the Polish-Ukrainian border has long gone beyond morality.