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  • 12 December 2015

    Ukraine’s interests cannot be sacrificed as a reward to Moscow for cooperation between Russia and the West in the fight against the Islamic State group, MFA chief Witold Waszczykowski told The Associated Press.

    Minister Waszczykowski said there is no reason to lift the sanctions against Russia as long as Moscow fails to fulfil its side of the Minsk peace accords.

     

    "We are not going to sell Ukraine for Russian assistance to help (in) the Syrian conflict or the IS conflict," he said. "We will still insist on the sanctions because there is no progress in implementing the Minsk agreement," added Poland’s top diplomat.

     

    In an interview with The Associated Press, the minister said that his government is satisfied with its relationship with the US, especially in military matters. He praised efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to increase the US military presence in Central Europe following Russia's annexation of Crimea and its military incursions into eastern Ukraine.

     

    MFA’s chief said he is also pleased with signals that the US plans to do even more to beef up the security of Poland and its allies — an issue that will be brought up at a NATO summit in Warsaw next summer. “Just to have American soldiers here is what I hope most to achieve. Do we call them permanent bases, or permanent presence, or rotational presence? It doesn't matter. As long as they are here, and they cooperate with us and they defend this part of Europe, we will be happy," Said the minister.

     

    The minister also mentioned the return of the wreckage and black boxes of the Tupolev that crashed near Smolensk in 2010. "This catastrophe happened almost six years ago and there is no progress. The Russian investigation is not over, they are not cooperating with us, and they are still keeping the wreckage of the plane and the black boxes," he said. "This is our property."

     

    Minister Waszczykowski said that the wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines plane that went down in eastern Ukraine in 2014 was sent to the Netherlands within a year to be investigated and that the Russian airliner brought down by an IS bomb over Egypt in October was returned to Russia after just two weeks

     

    Source: AP

     

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