German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke twice with the leader of Belarus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka. – It’s her own responsibility. We believe that it is associated with many risks – said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk on TVN24. – It is a pity that none of the high officials of the Republic of Poland called her and agreed on a position – commented the other guest of the program, former deputy head of diplomacy Andrzej Byrt.
On Monday and Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Lukashenka. The talks focused on the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that Poland would not accept any decision made regarding the crisis “over our heads” and announced that he had delivered such a message to the German president on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the guests of “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 talked about Merkel’s conversation with Lukashenka and about the activities of Polish diplomacy regarding the border crisis.
Szynkowski vel Sęk: we knew about it in advance that there would be such a conversation
Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk said that the conversation with Lukashenka was “an individual initiative taken by Angela Merkel.” “It is her own responsibility. We believe that it involves many risks,” he added.
– We knew about it in advance that there would be such a conversation. We expressed our opinion about the risks associated with this conversation. We had a direct relationship from partners about what was the subject of this conversation. However, doubts about these risks, as to whether this conversation may bring any effect, remain – said Szynkowski vel Sęk.
Byrt: It is a pity the prime minister did not call Merkel and agree on a position
The second guest of the program, Andrzej Byrt, former ambassador to Germany and France, former deputy minister of internal affairs, said that “Merkel spoke with Lukashenka for sure after far-reaching consultations within the European Union and after sounding a position that probably indicated the sensibility of making a decision on dialogue” .
– If the deputy minister says that we knew earlier that such a conversation would take place, it is a pity that none of the high officials of the Republic of Poland – and the prime minister is the partner of the chancellor – did not call her (…) and did not agree on a position, before it is spoken in this bilateral conversation, he added.
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