News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
21 April 2017
Today's talks held by the head of Polish diplomacy with representatives of the American Enterprise Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the Atlantic Council, the Cato Institute and the RAND Corporation dealt with NATO's role as well as Russian activities, including aggression in Ukraine and the situation in Syria, in addition to the threats posed by Iran and North Korea.
The Foreign Minister also visited the Heritage Foundation, one of the most influential conservative think tanks in the world. Discussions with the Heritage Foundation primarily concerned bilateral cooperation with the United States and within the NATO framework.
On Wednesday, the first day of the visit, Minister Waszczykowski also met with the chairman of the Atlantic Council Jon Huntsman and with Atlantic Council President Fred Kempe.
The main topics of the talks included the policy of the new U.S. administration, Russia, the European Union and Polish-American economic relations.
During the meeting, representatives of the Atlantic Council expressed interest in the Three Seas Initiative.
“The Three Seas Initiative is based on economic assumptions. We want to bridge the development gap between Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe and strengthen North-South links in our region. This is a great opportunity for U.S. companies,” the Foreign Minister said, while stressing that Poland expects American companies to show interest in participating in infrastructure projects in our region.
The topics of Minister Waszczykowski's talks with representatives of the RAND Corporation included hybrid threats emanating from Russia.
“Although Russia is one of the potentially richest countries in the world, it can not guarantee a high standard of living for its citizens and is committed to aggressive policies in many parts of the world. As a result, I have limited hopes for further political dialogue without a change in Russian policy, including with regard to Ukraine and Syria,” the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
"With the permanent deployment of NATO forces in Poland, including American troops, Poland has ceased to be a second-class member of the Alliance," he added.
Starting the visit to Washington, the head of the Foreign Ministry met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The talks between the heads of Polish and American diplomacy dealt with both NATO and bilateral allied cooperation, including in the fields of security, economy, energy and innovation.
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