Inviting a Ukrainian woman to the European Parliament after Warsaw had her expelled from the Schengen area amid spying claims is tantamount to “interference in Poland’s internal affairs,” Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki has said.

Czarnecki’s statement came after Ludmila Kozlovska, the Ukrainian head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, a Poland-based NGO, was invited to Brussels by Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, despite her previously being expelled from the Schengen area on Poland’s request.

Czarnecki, who hails from Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, said: “When one European Union country pranks another by inviting someone who is considered persona non grata, that is not building European solidarity. On the contrary.”

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