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    Poland should strike a closer friendship with Russia, especially considering that Warsaw has current territorial disputes with chaos-ridden Ukraine, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the leader of the Korwin political party and a member of the European Parliament (MEP), told Sputnik.

    Ukraine has changed a lot. And right now, Ukraine is Poland's enemy, not Russia, Korwin-Mikke told Sputnik in an interview.

    "At the moment, our immediate neighbor is our enemy. The change is that Russia is now our ally, and Ukraine — the enemy. We have no territorial disputes with Russia, but with Ukraine we do. [We have territorial disputes] even with Germany. That is why, having Germany and subordinate [to Germany] Ukraine, Poland must seek friendship with Russia," the Polish politician said.

    It's in the interest of Poland to have Russia as a friend, Korwin-Mikke said, adding that other MEPs are wrong.

    Korwin-Mikke also said he has plans to go to Crimea and see what the situation is really like. The politician wants to debunk myths created by anti-Russian propaganda.

    "I said Crimea was Russian 25 years ago and would definitely return to Russia. And I'm proud that my prediction has come true," Korwin-Mikke said.

    In July, activist and former lawmaker Miroslaw Orzechowski told Sputnik of the dangerous spillover of Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector group into Poland.

    The Right Sector is a Ukrainian association of radical, ultranationist organizations that took an active part in anti-government protests that led to a coup deposing former President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

    On July 11, a shootout between Right Sector militants and police officers in Ukraine's western Zakarpattia region left three people dead and 13 injured. Following the deadly clashes in Zakarpattia, thousands of Right Sector supporters rallied in the capital of Kiev urging for the impeachment of current president Petro Poroshenko.

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    ally, Ukrainian crisis, Right Sector, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Russia, Poland, Ukraine
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