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Sikorski on Hungary's “unallied and hostile” actions towards Poland

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– What the government is dissatisfied with and what has been repeatedly communicated to Hungary at all possible levels is that we are dissatisfied with the fact that Hungary has been blocking two billion zlotys of refunds for the military equipment we delivered to Ukraine for a year now – said the head of Polish diplomacy Radosław Sikorski.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski organized a briefing on Tuesday evening before the NATO summit in Washington. – We will declare enormous material aid for Ukraineand above all we will show Putin that we are united. NATO was created to deter aggressive Russia. Russia is aggressive again. NATO won the first time, it will win the second time – he assured.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has visited Kiev, Moscow and Beijing since taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The President of the European Council Charles Michel wrote on Thursday on X that the rotating EU presidency, currently held by Hungary, has no mandate to establish contacts with Russia on behalf of the EU. This was repeated on Friday by the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell.

Read also: Viktor Orban writes to EU leaders after visits to Kiev and Moscow

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The boss commented on the matter Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – When it comes to foreign affairs, the national presidency of the European Union has nothing to do here – he said. – The member states are represented by the president of the European Council, and in foreign affairs we have a common representative, the high representative for foreign policy and security. So Prime Minister Orban represents Hungary and takes all the risk related to this activity – he added.

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The head of Polish diplomacy was asked whether shortening the Hungarian presidency of the EU is being considered. – Hungary is indeed abusing our trust. What the government is dissatisfied with and what has been repeatedly communicated to Hungary at all possible levels is that we are dissatisfied with the fact that Hungary has been blocking two billion złoty in refunds for military equipment that we have delivered to Ukraine for a year now – said Sikorski.

– This would be two billion that would go directly to the Armed Forces Modernization Fund. This is unallied, hostile – said the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sikorski on shooting down missiles over Ukraine

Sikorski was also asked whether it was possible for NATO allies to agree to shoot down missiles over Ukraine that were flying from Russia. – This is not yet a matter for the summit, because it is only an idea that is being discussed in the allied spheres, but Russian missiles violate our airspace and people die. One of the missiles, the famous one, landed ten kilometers from my home after flying through two thirds of Poland – he replied.

– When they are already over our territory, shooting them down is not without risk to our citizens. I believe that it would be both legal and common sense to shoot down missiles that threaten our airspace from our territory. We would act in self-defense, but Poland does not want to take individual action here – he added.

Ukraine in NATO? Sikorski: There will be a statement, there will be no invitation

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was asked whether a communiqué regarding Ukraine's invitation to the Alliance would be issued during the NATO summit. – There will be a communiqué, but there will be no invitation – he replied. – Ukraine is a functional ally, it defends the bulwark of Europe, it defends us against Putin's attempts and with its heroism it has won the right to become member of the European Union and we have already started negotiations, he added.

– Ukraine will of course not be fully satisfied, because it will only be satisfied when it wins the war and Russian troops go home. But we are doing a lot to make it happen – he said.

Kosiniak-Kamysz: Poland is now a co-host of the Alliance

Before the anniversary celebrations, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of National Defense also Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz In a conversation with journalists, he stressed that “celebrating the anniversary without such practical solutions would be ineffective.”

– Together with Deputy Minister of Defense Paweł Zalewski (responsible for international affairs), we have already signed several letters of intent and agreements today that strengthen Polish security. The first one concerned a joint consortium NATO countrieswhich will buy sea mines. This is very important because it was signed by the Baltic countries – said the Minister of National Defense. He recalled that after the accession of Finland and Sweden, the Baltic Sea is basically the “internal sea” of the Alliance.

The second agreement, which Kosiniak-Kamysz mentioned, concerns a joint initiative that will enable the allies to share reconnaissance satellite data, as well as jointly acquire it from commercial sources. The Agreement on the Alliance Persistent Surveillance from Space (APSS) will be parties to 17 countries, including United States.

– The third agreement I signed concerns security in cyberspace, protection of the “cloud”. (…) As we see how many attacks there are on Polish cyberspace, also on military infrastructure, we are all the more determined to implement all these activities – added the head of the Ministry of National Defense.

– Today, Poland is a co-host of the Alliance, not a country that joined it. It is already a full co-host, after 25 years of membership we can fully confirm this. We are one of those who invest the most in the defense industry or the development of their army, but we are also ready to support other member states. We confirm all the points of the North Atlantic Treaty, that we will fulfill all obligations. If any of our allies needs help, we will provide this help, and we firmly believe that this help will be provided to us' – emphasized Kosiniak-Kamysz.

Kosiniak-Kamysz on the downing of Russian missiles

Kosiniak-Kamysz, like Sikorski, was asked about the proposal for Polish armed forces to shoot down Russian missiles that were headed toward the Polish border. Asked whether this was an issue that should be agreed with NATO allies, Kosiniak-Kamysz replied that he would like “for us to speak with allies about every issue related to Poland's security and support for Ukraine with one voice.”

– It must always be an allied response, it cannot be a response from one country (…) we will always strive to respond as an ally – then the strength of the response is simply completely different – he said.

He added that the issue of potential missile downing over Ukraine is a subject of discussion, including at the Alliance forum. – We will not make such a decision without allied support and consent. This is the beginning of the dialogue, not its end – emphasized the head of the Ministry of National Defense. As he indicated, this topic will be raised not at the NATO summit, but in bilateral talks with individual allies, also at the level of the chiefs of staff of the military of allied countries.

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