"What surprises me most of all is the fact that a great number of my compatriots, especially among the rightists, are very critical of Ukraine although they have never been there. We need to encourage Ukrainians to visit Poland and Poles to visit Ukraine," the ambassador said in an interview with Tyzhden, Censor.NET reports.
According to him, the relevant project - the Ukrainian-Polish Youth Exchange Council - was even launched last year. It was created on the model of a similar German-Polish project, which made great contribution to the reconciliation between the two peoples. Piekło believes such initiatives can be very useful.
The diplomat noted that it became much harder for Ukrainians to go to the east because of the war and Russia's actions, consequently, making them focus on the Western direction which included Visegrad countries and Romania.
According to Piekło, this is a natural trend as Ukrainians from all regions have been working, studying, and investing in Poland, and this trend is also worth to be encouraged.
The ambassador also said it would be great to launch joint production of movies showing common history, organize tourist events demonstrating common heritage, and the like.