WIKILEAKS: POLAND. A NATURAL U.S ALLY ON EASTERN POLICY

08.12.10


According to a secret cable from the US Embassy in Warsaw dated 12/12/2008, the US looked on Poland’s Eastern Policy as “an excellent complement” to its own politics on the region.

The document, released on the WikiLeaks website, describes Poland as having evolved from being an aid-recipient in 1989 into a donor, helping to “spur reforms” and deepen EU relations with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Two principle objectives of a joint Polish-Swedish Eastern Partnership programme are highlighted in the cable:  (a) to “counter a resurgent Russia” and  (b) “to entice former Soviet states to embrace Western democratic and free-market principles by offering tangible benefits - particularly a free trade area and eventual visa-free travel”.

The cable also deals with the issue of strengthening national security in Eastern Europe and the challenges ahead.  It describes how “Polish officials perceive Russia's invasion of Georgia in August as a vindication of their warnings about Moscow’s aggressive behaviour.  According to the "Sikorski Doctrine," any further attempt by Russia to redraw borders by force or subversion should be regarded by Europe as a threat to its security, entailing a proportional response by the entire Euro-Atlantic community. Poland has pushed hard for Ukraine and Georgia's NATO accession, and called on NATO to make sure it can make good on Article V guarantees. Sikorski has complained that NATO has evolved into a political club with no teeth and warned that Poland would not be able to ignore a repetition of the Georgia scenario in Ukraine...”

Click here for the full text of the cable.



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