Polish formin Sikorski says Poland hadn’t occupied Vilnius region during interwar period
Poland hadn’t occupied Vilnius in the interwar period, said Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski speaking live on Poland’s TVN 24 a few days back.
Sikorski’s statement came amid an interview, which focused mainly on recent statements of certain German parties running for European Parliament (EP). Europe’s subdivision following WWII led to illegitimate eviction of German citizens from some of Poland’s territory as it is today, Vilnius Diena daily cites Germans as proposing.
Speaking on Germans, the Polish minister went on to mention Lithuanians as well.
“Lithuania believes that we occupied Vilnius in the interwar period, but we have a different take on this,” Sikorski said.
The minister during his airtime slammed Lithuanian authorities and Polish President Lech Kaczynski for failing to arrive to a single essential agreement during the latter’s 13 visits to the neighboring Baltic state.
“It’s just the way it goes, not all countries want to do that, which we expect from them,” Sikorski said.
Liberal Movement MP and member of the Seimas Foreign Affairs Committee Petras Austrevicius was astonished with the aforementioned statements, especially after 15 years since the signing of a cooperation treaty with Poland.
“Strange. Such statements go beyond strange. They are neither necessary nor grounded. (…) We left history for historians to unveil. We are certain of the annexation. The lack of bipartite relations for almost two decades proves this point. But why revisit the fact now, 15 years after we signed a cooperation agreement?” Austrevicius spoke.
The BNS reminds that Vilnius region, Lithuania’s eastern and south-eastern stretch including the city of Vilnius itself, was part of Poland from April of 1919 to September of 1939 (except July-Dec of 1920).