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  • 10 August 2017

    “We should first of all take stock of WW II to assess the losses,” said Polish top diplomat in response to a question from Jacek Karnowski whether Poland will seek war reparations from Germany. “The MFA has made preliminary analyses, but they are not legally unequivocal,” said the minister.

    The MSZ head emphasized that the end of World War Two was not unequivocal in the legal and political sense, because there was no conference ending the war that would have ushered in a new post-war order. “World War Two smoothly morphed into Cold War which divided Europe,” he added. Minister Waszczykowski recalled that the treaty between Poland and Germany, which was concluded in the early 1990s, did not cover reparations.   

    Commenting on the pronouncement of Russia’s Ambassador to Poland that the monuments symbolizing gratitude for Poland’s liberation in 1945 should not be taken down, Minister Waszczykowski noted that Russia’s historical narration needs to be corrected. “Polish-Russian relations did not start in 1945 with the liberation of our country form the German occupation,” he clarified. The MSZ head emphasized Poland is obligated to protect the graves and burial grounds of Soviet soldiers and Poland complies with its obligation. “The so-called monuments of gratitude that the Ambassador was referring to are not protected by any international agreement and it is up to the local authorities to decide whether to maintain them,” he added. 

    Minister Waszczykowski recalled that after Poland’s election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrote a congratulatory letter to Poland with an accompanied invitation to hold bilateral consultations. “We have already held such consultations at the level of deputy ministers in Moscow. I believe that the next step could be to meet in New York in September during the UN General Assembly session to discuss our cooperation,” declared the MFA head. 

    The interview also covered the present relations between the United States and North Korea. Asked whether the situation could move to a phase of open conflict, Minister Waszczykowski said he doubted that Korea possessed sufficiently precise weapons. He also stressed that a potential conflict could negatively affect South Korea which is within a striking range of conventional weapons. The MFA head also recalled that North Korea is a “state that works for the army.” “It is a powerful military structure that cannot be destroyed by precisely targeted strikes,” he said. He went on to say that China can turn out to be a possible ally in the present situation.   


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