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  • 4 December 2017

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski spoke to the newspaper’s Agaton Koziński about the importance of Poland-UK relations, current challenges in Eastern policy, and the outcome of the Eastern Partnership summit.

    Referring to his 2016 foreign policy address, Minister Waszczykowski emphasized that despite Brexit, Poland will continue to work closely with the UK on such issues as security, which is key to Poland. “The British Prime Minister with several of her ministers will visit us on 21 December for intergovernmental consultations,” said the Polish foreign policy chief.

     

    Speaking about current challenges in relations with Ukraine, Minister Waszczykowski emphasized that Poland has so far tried to be constructive and has shown great patience with Kyiv. “But for two years we have been met with no or negative response,” observed the chief of Polish diplomacy. As he underlined, the reaction of the Polish side to our eastern neighbour’s actions is mild compared with other countries. Poland refrains from drawing attention to contentious issues in view of Ukraine’s domestic difficulties.

    According to Minister Waszczykowski, there are also areas of good collaboration in bilateral relations. “Our political, military and economic relations are beyond reproach,” said the foreign minister.

     

    Talking about different assessments of historical facts in Poland and Russia, Minister Waszczykowski said, “Russia has long been trying to write the history of the 20th century anew, and keeps denying some basic facts.” The minister cited the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. “In a recent interview, the Russian ambassador could not comprehend why Poland raises the issue of this Pact, which was supposed to bring peace in Europe,” said Poland’s top dyplomat.

     

    Commenting on the recent Eastern Partnership summit, Minister Waszczykowski noted that if implemented, especially with respect to the connectivity programme, the initiative would ideally fit in with the Three Seas project, which is also underpinned by the development of transport and energy infrastructure.

     

    Asked about the Polish-French relationship in recent months, Minister Witold Waszczykowski reiterated that it cannot be viewed in a negative context. “Put simply, it’s the first time in many years that Poland has begun to clearly define its interests. And when you’re determined to advance your interests, you are bound to have discussions, sometimes quite frank,” concluded the foreign minister.

     

    Source: Polska the Times

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