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  • 14 August 2014

    Today Minister Radosław Sikorski has presented presidential nominations to Poland’s new ambassadors. Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz will represent our country in Moscow, and Bogusław Winid will take over as head of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

    “It is a loss for Warsaw, but a gain for Moscow and New York. I regret to part from my closest associates,” underscored Minister Sikorski when opening the ceremony.


    “In my term of office you’ve been the longest serving deputy minister in charge of eastern affairs. You’ve been responsible for uneasy and I guess increasingly difficult relations with the East, and for Polish development aid where we’ve reformed the awarding of grants and Polish diaspora assistance, and where we have taken over huge responsibility from the Senate. I hope that at the end of your mission Polish-Russian relations will be better than they are today,” said the foreign minister addressing the new Polish ambassador in Moscow.


    The minister added that Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz will be the first female ambassador representing Poland in Moscow since diplomatic relations were established with the Principality of Moscow in the 16th century.


    Handing the ambassadorial nomination to Bogusław Winid, Minister Sikorski said that the mission of the new ambassador in New York will be to help Poland obtain a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2018-19.


    “The UN, like the European Union, can be only as good as its member states allow it to be. You will be heading a post whose very offices are a testament to modern-day, more affluent Poland,” added the minister.


    Thanking for the nomination, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz stressed that Poland’s eastern policy has seen more developments in recent years than anyone could have imagined. “The diplomatic mission I have the honour of taking over is one of the more difficult ones – perhaps the most difficult one. I do not know how Poland-Russia relations will evolve, but I will do my best to make sure they are as close to the Polish interest as possible,” said the ambassador.


    “Polish security policy has not wanted for challenges and questions. I wish to thank you, Minister, for three years of great work,” said Ambassador Bogusław Winid, who also thanked the Ministry of National Defence and the Polish Army for good cooperation.


    MFA Press Office


    Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz


    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Russian Federation


    Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz has been undersecretary of state of foreign affairs for development cooperation, the Polish diaspora, and eastern policy since 2012.


    In 1999-2012, she was a deputy director of the Centre of Eastern Studies, and then its permanent representative in Brussels. From 1994 to 2003, she was an assistant/adjunct at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in humanities from the Polish Academy of Sciences, and has authored several dozen papers on the transformation in Russia and Eastern European countries, Poland’s eastern policy, and Polish-Russian relations. In 2009-10 she was a member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, and between 2008 and 2012 of the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters.

    She is fluent in English and Russian.


    Bogusław Winid


    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary – Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York


    Bogusław Winid has been undersecretary of state of foreign affairs for consular matters, security, and North American and Middle East policies since 2011.


    He began his diplomatic career at the MFA Department of South and North America in 1991. Between 1992 and 1997, he was a first secretary and then a counsellor at the Polish Embassy in Washington. After his return to Warsaw in October 1997, he was appointed deputy director and later director of the MFA Department of South and North America. In 2001, he became deputy chief of mission at the Polish Embassy in Washington. Having returned from Washington in 2006, he served as undersecretary of state for international relations at the Ministry of National Defence. From 2007 to 2011, he was Poland’s permanent representative to NATO in Brussels.


    Bogusław Winid holds a PhD in humanities from the University of Warsaw. He is the author of such publications as “In the Shadow of Capitol. Polish Diplomacy Towards the United States, 1919-1939,” “Santiago 1898,” “NATO Enlargement in US Congress, 1993-1998,” as well as numerous scholarly articles.


    He is fluent in English and Russian.

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