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Saturday, 18 February 2017

"We are waiting for President Trump's first steps"

  |   President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference President Andrzej Duda meets reporters during the 53rd Munich Security Conference

- We are waiting for US President Donald Trump's first steps, we hope that he will conduct a balanced policy of a US guardian of peace and order in the world, just as it used to be for decades - Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Munich on Saturday.

 

President Duda told reporters on the sidelines of the 53rd Munich Security Conference on Saturday that all his meetings with world leaders showed that "everybody - not only in Europe but also outside Europe - are waiting for moves taken by the new US Administration". See also: President speaks at the panel "The future of the West: Downfall or Comeback?"


- Let me repeat this again: only the steps since we have heard often distorted information published by mass media. President Donald Trump was a businessman, now he is a politician. Let him peacefully start his work - President Duda said.


The Polish head of state also expressed conviction that President Trump would conducted a balanced policy. - There have always been pressures, and they will always be there, it's obvious in politics - said Polish President Andrzej Duda.

 

- For us the most important thing is realization of our national interest, namely the security of Polish people - Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Munich on Sat. He added that obvious political pressures had always been there, and they were here to stay.

 

Asked what pressure US Senator John McCain's was speaking about when he said that Poland could be one of the countries subjected to "a certain level of pressure", President Duda admitted that after a panel debate he had held a face-to-face conversation with John McCain but refused to reveal its contents.


- Different pressures are being exerted, all of us know that such pressures exist, and that they come from different sides. Such pressure for us, politicians, who are aware of when and how they work to implement Polish interests - which are most important for us - is nothing new (...), this is obvious in international politics - the Polish head of state told reporters on the sidelines of the 53rd Munich Security Conference.


According to President Duda, the most important thing is to implement national interests, and above all interests of one's compatriots since it is them before whom politicians are responsible for their work.


- The lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia is out of the question when Russian troops are attacking Ukrainian units in the Donbas - Polish President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Porohsenko in Munich on Saturday.

 

The Polish head of state told reporters that he was informed by President Poroshenko about the current situation in the Donbas. - I was told that regular Russian troops were operating in the region. (...) This is in fact the Russian Army attacking Ukrainian units - President Duda went on.


President Duda stressed that in connection with this, "one cannot even think about the lifting of sanctions until the Minsk Agreements have been implemented".

 

According to the Polish head of state, Europe and the international community should exert pressure so that the Minsk Agreements have been implemented. - What is needed here is the pressure of the community, both the European and world one - the Polish president said.


President Duda declared that he had assured his Ukrainian counterpart of Poland's firm support regarding these matters. - If there is to be peace in the world - and we are above all interested in peace in our part of the world - international laws must be observed - he stressed. - And today international laws are being constantly broken - President Duda stressed. (PAP)

 

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