The joint trip to Tbilisi follows in the footsteps of President Lech Kaczyński, who back on 12 August 2008 organized a visit in support of the country that also included the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine, and the prime minister of Latvia. Taken at a time when Russian tanks were advancing on the Georgian capital, this courageous decision by President Lech Kaczyński contributed to stopping the invasion.
Unfortunately, President Kaczyński’s words spoken on 12 August 2008 in Tbilisi are still topical ten years on: “Today it is Georgia, tomorrow it will be Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic States, and perhaps the next one in line will be my country, Poland.” An integral part of the Georgian State under international law, Abkhazia and the Region of Tskhinvali/South Ossetia are still de facto under Russian occupation. Since 2014, Russia has occupied a part of Ukrainian Donbass; it also illegally annexed Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
These facts highlight the key role that solidarity based on the observance of international law plays in maintaining security and order in Europe and around the world. The joint visit by Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko and the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs reaffirms the commitment of Poland and our partners to these priorities.
The visit will include joint wreath laying at the Memorial to the Heroes Fallen in the Fight for Georgian Unity, meetings with Georgia’s president, prime minister, speaker of the Parliament and foreign minister, and a trip to the administrative boundary line with the separatist Region of Tskhinvali/South Ossetia. Moreover, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will lay a wreath at the President Lech Kaczyński Monument in Tbilisi.