A Very Polish Tragedy

Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski

In reference to Radosław Sikorski’s announcement to resign from politics, the German daily Die Welt commented: “The child prodigy leaves the stage”. Die Welt wrote in glowing terms about the former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Die Welt believes it came as a shock to every one in the Polish government. “Radoslaw Sikorski was considered the face of the Poland: intelligent, confident and sophisticated. The former Foreign Affairs Minister and Speaker of the House has now withdrawn from politics,” writes Warsaw correspondent Gerhard Gnauck. In the article, he points out that, like his former boss Donald Tusk, Sikorski is also a well known figure in the world. According to Gerhard Gnauck, his resignation, “a tragedy for Poland”.
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Sikorski Afraid of Neighbours

Radosław Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski

Foreign Affairs Minister Radosław Sikorski has recently boasted about his firearm license being renewed. According to police statistics, he is one of only 21,000 Poles who can legally carry firearms for self-defence. Polish law in this regard is one of the most restrictive in Europe. Not only do applicants need to prove they are in “constant, real, and extraordinary danger” but they also need to undergo psychological evaluations every five years. Minister Sikorski, implicated in the wiretapping scandal earlier this year, has found the evaluation rather amusing as the doctor wanted to know if Sikorski felt that someone was listening in on his conversations. Despite the fact that up to 70% of all applications for firearm license are denied, Sikorski is one of many gun owners amongst Polish politicians. MP Arkadiusz Czartoryski (PiS) and MP Tomasz Kaczmarek (PiS) have suggested that politicians receive preferential treatment. “Nobody will risk saying ‘no’ to parliamentarians who want to carry firearms. However, in many instances, former law enforcement officers are denied the permit even though, I daresay, they are in much graver danger than ‘cheerful Radek’ [Radosław Sikorski],” said Kaczmarek, commenting on the information that Minister Sikorski applied for his license on the grounds that he resides 3 km from a prison.
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Worthless Polish-US Alliance

Alliance in Doubt?

Alliance in Doubt?

“Minister Sikorski’s international career is about to be dramatically cut short by his own pathetic comments. He has lost the chance to hold any office in the EU or NATO. It is a pity,” said MP Tadeusz Iwiński of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD). His comments are a reaction to the recently revealed contents of yet another batch of wiretap recordings. Increadingly more politicians of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) are finding themselves in a difficult position as Wprost magazine continues to publish transcripts and recordings of their private conversations. One of the newly released transcripts features Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressing his opinions on Polish-US relations. Using crude language, Sikorski describes the alliance between the two countries as worthless and even harmful to Poland as it “creates a false sense of security” unnecessarily antagonising Germany and Russia. The minister has also something to say about Poles, whom he considers to be “suckers” with “shallow pride and low self-esteem”. Before the scandal, Sikorski was seen as a rising star in the world of international politics. Last month, he became Poland’s official candidate to be the next head of EU foreign policy.
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Sikorski: Ukraine Right to Use Force

Sikorski Backs Ukraine

Sikorski Backs Ukraine

“Ukraine has the right to use force,” according to Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski. “If an airport is seized, Ukraine has the right to take it back. However, we do not know what Russia will do next,” said Mr Sikorski on TVN24. “The Ukrainian state is not in good condition. It has been corrupted and weakened by Yanukovych,” said Minister Sikorski responding to a journalist’s question about whether Ukrainians had the right to be impatient with the new state authorities. “A persistent rumour has it that Yanukovych has been funding some Russian activities and is dreaming of coming back and playing an important role in Ukraine,” he added. Mr Sikorski also referred to President Putin’s demand that the UN should condemn action by Kiev in eastern Ukraine. “I would like to know which clause of which international treaties has been broken,” said Radosław Sikorski. “Putin now has a problem with credibility. Western Europe is providing huge financial aid to Ukraine and military aid may be provided by allies. Ukraine may well get as much as €5 billion in the upcoming weeks,” he said explaining the lack of any declaration to provide military aid to Ukraine. “The conflict is the greatest crisis in international politics since the disintegration of the Soviet Union,” Mr Sikorski declared. Poland’s head of diplomacy also mentioned the change that the President of Russia has undergone over the years. “Putin was the first ever Russian leader to come to Katyń and recognise the European narrative of the Second World War in Gdańsk. It is Putin who has changed,” claims the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Radosław Sikorski claims that by annexing Crimea, Russia will suffer a loss of prestige and financial clout. “The cost of seizing the peninsula has been much higher than Russia originally calculated. The world will not able to change the fact that Crimea has been annexed,” said Mr Sikorski.
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Kidnapped Journalist Escapes Syria

Sikorski Hails Freedom for Pole

Sikorski Hails Freedom for Pole

Marcin Suder, the photographer who was kidnapped three months ago in Syria, is back in Poland. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski tweeted the information to the happiness of his family and friends. Marcin Wojciechowski, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSZ) admitted that Marcin Suder escaped from his kidnappers on his own. Wojciechowski added that the photographer was incredibly lucky. The Polish consular staff only helped in arranging for his return to Poland. “We were happy things ended well, although Marcin himself is the happiest”, Wojciechowski wrote in his statement. The circumstances of Suder’s return are still not clear. The MSZ stated that the photographer escaped to Turkey after his release from the kidnappers. The Ministry of National Defence (MON) informed us that he returned to Poland via military transport. A C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft flew to Ankara on Monday, a few minutes before midnight. Twelve hours later it arrived in Warsaw with Suder on board. The Pole is now at home with his family. The MSZ ensures us that the photographer feels better and he is in good health. The Ministry strongly discourages not only other photographers and journalists but also anyone else from travelling to Syria. Marcin Suder was kidnapped on 23 June in the northern part of Syria. Unknown perpetrators kidnapped the Pole from a Syrian Opposition office in the Idlib province. For many days it was not clear what had happened to him. Radosław Sikorski twice stated that Marcin Suder is alive but he did not want to disclose any details. It is speculated that the Pole got caught in the crossfire of the internal politics between opposition groups as for many weeks in the northern part of Syria there have been many militant clashes between the Free Syrian Army and groups associated with Al-Qaeda. The MSZ had special staff working on Sudar’s release throughout his kidnapping.
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Sikorski NATO Head

Tusk Backs Sikorski

Tusk Backs Sikorski

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has publicly backed his Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski in the battle to become the future Secretary General of NATO. Tusk said that the Sikorski rumours are more than hearsay claiming he has been in consultations regarding Sikorski for the past several months. The Prime Minister also believes that Sikorski’s chances of becoming NATO’s new head are great as the time has come for NATO’s new members to take a lead role in the organisation.
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Waiting for Evaluation

Obama-Biden Declaration

Obama-Biden Declaration

According to the the President’s Office, Vice-President Joseph Biden called Lech Kaczyński on Monday evening and assured him that America is willing to continue tight military and political cooperation with Poland. “The future of the anti-missile shield depends on the evaluation of its effectiveness and profitability of the project,” he said. The conversation between Senator Biden and President Kaczyński is especially noteworthy in the face of the misinformation chaos created after the conversation between Kaczyński and President-elect Obama regarding the anti-missile shield.

At first, comments made by the President’s Office and Minister Piotr Kownacki indicated that the construction of the anti-missile shield will continue. The latter claimed that Obama gave his assurances as far as this issue is concerned. However, this misinformation was rapidly corrected by Obama’s team and Minister Michał Kamiński explained that Obama did not make any commitment, which was later confirmed also by President Kaczyński. Speaking about the anti-missile shield, Biden has emphasised that support for this project is conditional upon a evaluation to be carried out by the national security team. During his election campaign Obama spoke about the shield with restraint. Besides, while talking with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski in July he did not make any binding declaration.
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