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  • 26 July 2018

    On the first day of his Washington visit, the chief of Polish diplomacy expressed Poland’s support for today’s declaration by the United States in which it underscored that Crimea is a part of Ukraine. At the US Congress, Minister Czaputowicz also held talks about Polish-American military, energy and economic cooperation.

     


    “In consultation with our allies and partners, we reject Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and will maintain this position until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored. What prompted Poland to take this step were also our obligations as a member of the UN Security Council, where our fundamental priority is to ensure respect for international law,” emphasized the Polish foreign minister, referring to the Crimea Declaration issued by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, in which the United States refused to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and pledged to continue to insist that Ukraine’s territorial integrity be restored.


    During his meetings with Congressman Adam Smith, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson, chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz spoke about Polish-American cooperation within NATO, energy security, and economic collaboration.


    “We want the US military presence in Poland to continue; we want it to be stronger and permanent. We are ready to work with the Americans on this,” said the Polish top diplomat.

     


    Minister Czaputowicz has travelled to Washington to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, a conference hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The event brings together high-level government officials, religious leaders, as well as representatives of civil society and international organizations. At a plenary session on Thursday, the Polish foreign minister will present Poland’s perspective on the protection of religious minorities and the promotion of their rights. He will also set out Poland’s political and financial activities in this sphere, both bilateral and multilateral.
     


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