Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves, the Reuters website reports today (October 20, 2014).
Sikorski -- who until September served as Poland's foreign minister -- was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's visit to Moscow in 2008.
"He (Putin) went on to say Ukraine is an 'artificial country' and that Lwow is a Polish city and why don't we just sort it out together," Sikorski was quoted as saying.
Sikorski -- who accompanied Tusk on his trip to Moscow -- was quoted as saying Tusk did not reply to Putin's suggestion, because he knew he was being recorded, but Poland never expressed any interest in joining the Russian operation. "We made it very, very clear to them -- we wanted nothing to do with this," Sikorski was quoted as saying.