Polish President Kaczynski (file photo) (AFP)
KYIV, 28 February 2006 -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski is in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv at the start of a two-day trip that will also take him to Kharkiv in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east.
Kaczynski, who met with President Viktor Yushchenko on arrival, is visiting just weeks before 26 March parliamentary elections that could determine whether Ukraine continues to push for membership in the European Union and NATO or tilts back closer to Russia.
Kaczynski's predecessor, former President Aleksander Kwasniewski, angered Moscow with his support for Ukraine's Orange Revolution protests in 2004, which helped bring Yushchenko to power over a candidate backed by Moscow.
(AFP, AP, dpa)