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  • 1 December 2017

    Poland’s top diplomat spoke to Rzeczpospolita’s Jacek Nizinkiewicz about the Polish-Ukrainian relationship, Poland’s standing in the world, and his two years as the chief of Polish diplomacy.

    Asked to sum up his two years in office, Minister Witold Waszczykowski replied, “We have secured a powerful instrument: membership of the Security Council over the next two years. We have rebuilt regional cooperation. We have created the Bucharest Nine, the Three Seas Twelve, the Poland-Romania-Turkey trialogue, [. . .] and the group of sixteen countries that cooperate with China. We have reinvigorated the Visegrad Group.” He also mentioned the visits paid to Poland by the US and Chinese presidents, and the successful World Youth Day, which was attended by Pope Francis.


    Commenting on the current state of Polish-Ukrainian relations, the chief of Polish diplomacy emphasized that rather than a dispute between both countries, we are witnessing a unilateral failure by Ukraine to honour historical arrangements. “We agreed to establish a Poland-Ukraine Cooperation Forum. The Forum does not convene due to the lack of will on the Ukrainian side,” observed the minister. He went on to say that while he undertook to set up cooperation mechanisms, Ukraine will not respond; it even backtracks. “We support Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and EU aspirations. But it’s Ukraine that is making problems in relations with Poland, not the other way round,” said the foreign minister.


    Asked about the perception of Poland around the world, Minister Waszczykowski replied that when a country clearly defines and advances its interest on the international stage, as Poland is now doing, it is likely to come under pressure. “This is the price for a conservative policy of empowerment,” said the minister. As he pointed out, he would be alarmed if Polish trade began to suffer, but it is actually expanding.


    Reflecting on whether President Andrzej Duda could represent Poland at European Council meetings, the minister stressed that the foreign ministry acts for the government and the president. Consequently, if a political decision is taken to that effect, the ministry will implement it in the agreed form.


    Source: Rzeczpospolita

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