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    The extraordinary meeting of V4 Prime Ministers

    The aim of the meeting of the V4 Prime Ministers is to coordinate foreign policy in the region and to express solidarity with the Czech Republic; we will take further steps if they are necessary because Russia’s policy is still aggressive – stressed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called an emergency meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group for today.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk said that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called an urgent VTC meeting of the Visegrad Group Prime Ministers at noon, which will focus on Russian acts of sabotage in the Czech Republic, Russia’s escalation of the situation in Ukraine and Belarus, and V4 cooperation in strengthening security in the region. The meeting will be held via video conference, hosted by Prime Minister Morawiecki.

     

    Deputy Minister Jabłoński spoke about the details in TOK FM. “The goal is primarily to coordinate foreign policy in our region,” he noted.

     

    “We will take further steps if they are needed because unfortunately, Russia’s policy is still simply aggressive: what the Russians are doing in Ukraine, what they are doing in Belarus – although there, of course, they are doing it with the hands of Alyaksandr Lukashenka – these attempts to destabilize the Baltic states, also attempts to destabilize Poland,” indicated the Deputy Minister.

     

    Poland, he stressed, would take “appropriate action” together with its allies.

     

    “We already expelled Russian diplomats the previous week and the Czech Republic did the same, Slovakia did the same, the Baltic states did the same. If there is a need, further such actions will also be taken,” Jabłoński pointed out. He also does not rule out sanctions’ measures at the EU level, he added.

     

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs explained that the V4 meeting was called in response to what happened last week, starting with the results of the investigation in the Czech Republic and the diplomatic war between the Czech Republic and Russia.

     

    “As a close ally, the closest neighbour of the Czech Republic, we want to express solidarity in this way. We believe that our entire region because this is, after all, an attack on an EU member, should express solidarity with the Czech Republic by reacting appropriately to Russia’s actions,” he stressed.

     

    According to Jabłoński, the fact that “our allies in our region speak with one voice” is also the effect of Polish diplomacy. “Our foreign policy is hugely based on building joint actions with countries in our region. We agree with some of these countries on some issues and disagree on others, but in these strategic matters of security and stability of peace in Europe, we all have one common goal,” Jabłoński noted.

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