The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine hopes that the situation with the dismissal of all consuls at the Polish consulate in Lutsk (Volyn region) will not influence the process of visa issuing to Ukrainians in the region.
“The Polish side promised us that no changes will take place. The
consulate keeps working in a normal regime,” the ministry’s spokesman
Oleksandr Dykusarov said at a news briefing on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
He added that Poland is investigating in the violations of its employees and will draw conclusions later.
As reported, on August 10 the Foreign Ministry of Poland fired all
employees of its consulate in Lutsk and the consul general was dismissed
following a visa scandal.
“It [the dismissal] is connected with the violations that occurred in
the process of visa issuing that were discovered in the consulate. The
consul general was dismissed, as were five other consuls that were
involved in the process,” Director General of the Foreign Service of the
Polish Foreign Ministry Miroslaw Gajewski said.
He said that the consuls deliberately issued visas to “certain groups
of clients.” An investigation discovered that a company that received
documents for visas created an artificial queue.
The prosecutor’s office of Katowice (Poland) is investigating into the case.
Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Poland Marcin Bosacki, in turn,
said that the situation in Lutsk will not influence the temp of issuing
visas to Ukrainian citizens. He also apologized for “shameful behaviour
of several consuls.”
Earlier, Polish media reported that a criminal group in the Consulate
General of Poland in Lutsk issued Schengen visas to people that had no
right to receive them, and was allegedly involved in human trafficking.