The granting of a visa by German MPs to disgraced Open Dialogue Foundation boss, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, may enflame tensions between Poland and Germany, according to a German Newspaper.
Die Welt says: “the case of Koslovska, which already causes a lot of unrest in Poland, threatens to grow into a conflict between Berlin and Warsaw.”
Koslovska was deported back to her native Ukraine and banned from entering the Schengen Area recently, after the Polish security services claimed her link to oligarchs such as Muhktar Ablyazov made her a national security risk.
Die Welt claims that after news broke that Germany were granting her a visa, there was a spike in negative social media comments in Polish about both Germany and Koslovska.
“It’s just a short-term visa,” Kozlovska told Welt. Nevertheless, two members of the Bundestag overruled a Polish SIS entry,” the article states.
Jarosław Zieliński, Poland’s deputy Interior Minister, told the media: “This is not the first time we have such a situation when our neighbor is not in solidarity with us.
“It is a pity, we would expect solidarity from the Germans with Poland and other countries, because if someone threatens the interest of a given country in the same EU zone, the Schengen area, then this should be honored by all countries.
“This is provocative behavior, it seems to me that this should be avoided at all costs in the future. We must, as Poland, take all diplomatic steps so that such situations do not happen, moreover, they have been taken”
Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also hit out at the decision to grant her a visa, saying: “Germany is a democratic state, they can invite different people, of course they have the right to do so, but we certainly do not treat it as a gesture particularly friendly to our actions. We provide our partners with additional information in this area.”