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Poland’s strategic cooperation with US not at risk: gov’t spokeswoman

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Paweł Kononczuk 06.03.2018 15:10
Poland’s bilateral strategic cooperation with the United States, a key ally, is not at risk, government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said on Tuesday.

She was commenting on a report that America has decided the US president and vice president will not meet top Polish leaders until Warsaw amends a contested law on Holocaust responsibility.

"Bilateral strategic cooperation with the US is not at risk. Diplomatic contacts remain at the level they have been up to now," Kopcińska said.

She added that evidence of this was last week’s visit by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marek Magierowski to Washington, and an upcoming trip by Krzysztof Szczerski, the Polish president’s chief of staff.

Szczerski is on Thursday to meet State Department officials and advisers to US President Donald Trump in Washington.

"Apart from security issues [ahead of] this year's NATO summit, the subject of talks will also concern Polish-American bilateral cooperation in broad terms and the current state of our relations," Szczerski told the PAP news agency.

The onet.pl news website has reported that Polish leaders have unofficially been designated "persona non grata" in the White House over a contested anti-defamation law that came into force in Poland on March 1.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki responded to the report by saying: “It's not true. There was no ultimatum of this kind.”

Despite pressure from the United States and Israel, Polish President Andrzej Duda last month signed the new law, which could impose a jail term on anyone who accuses Poland of being complicit in Nazi German crimes.

In Poland, the new rules are seen as a way of fighting the use of the phrase “Polish death camps,” which many say implies the country's involvement in the Holocaust during World War II.

(pk/gs)

Source: PAP

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