The SBU explained why at first banned and then allowed the mayor of Przemysl entry to Ukraine

The security service of Ukraine has cancelled the decision about the ban on entry to Ukraine for five years mayor of the Polish city of Przemysl Robert Homa. This was announced by the speaker of the Minister Elena Gilanskaya.

“The decision to ban or lifting the ban on entry to Ukraine for any person is based on the combination of security and international factors.From this angle, the security Service of Ukraine analyses the situation in respect of persons who are prohibited from entering our country, and is in constant contact with the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The Ukrainian side reacted positively to the rating of the mayor of Przemysl, which he publicly gave the anti-Ukrainian marches in the city. That is why the Service has taken a responsible decision to cancel the ban on entry to Ukraine, the mayor of the Polish city of Przemysl Robert Homa” she said.

Gitlyanskaya also noted that the SBU understand that the ban on entry to the mayor of Przemysl actively tried to use a “third” party to make a rift in relations between Ukraine and Poland.

“We are confident that this situation will not hamper the development of bilateral relations with the fraternal Polish people,” – said the speaker of the SBU.

Earlier media reported that the lifting of the ban was made possible thanks to the personal intervention of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Recall that the inclusion of the mayor of the Polish Przemysl in the list of persona non grata, it became known on January 17, when Ukrainian border guards refused to allow Robert Thomas to the territory of Ukraine in the international crossing point in shehini. Later in the SBU confirmed that Thomas is banned in Ukraine for 5 years “for participation in anti-Ukrainian activities, and inciting ethnic hatred.”

The inclusion of Robert Thomas in the list of persona non grata in Ukraine caused a sharp reaction from Warsaw. The Polish foreign Ministry sent an official note with the requirement to explain the reasons for this move, and Vice-Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland, Jan Dziedziczak said that such actions harm Polish-Ukrainian relations and has threatened to boycott the joint Polish-Ukrainian events.

Earlier, the Polish Embassy in Kiev sent a note to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine with a request to provide a full explanation of the circumstances regarding the ban on entry into the country for the mayor of Przemysl.

Vice-Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland, Jan Dziedziczak said that the decision to ban entry into Ukraine for the mayor of Przemysl Robert Homa harm Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Recall that Homa was not missed by Ukrainian border guards. The assistant head of the state border service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan reported that the guards followed the instruction of “one of the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine”. According to him, Robert Homa denied entry to Ukraine for 5 years.

Note, in Przemysl in December 2016 was “March of eagles”. The “Eaglets” is called the Polish volunteers in 1918-1919 he fought against the Western Ukrainian people’s Republic and against the Soviet government in 1919-1921.

At the time of passage of the columns past the building of the Ukrainian national center, one of the demonstrators shouted: “Death to Ukrainians!”, and the demonstrators in chorus supported him. The event was held under the patronage of the mayor of Homa, and diplomats from both countries said that the incident on the March will not affect the relations of Poland and Ukraine.