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After Emergency Visit to Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Calls Nord Stream 2 Pipeline ‘Present Danger to Peace in Europe’

In the whirlwind of diplomatic activity in Europe and the U.S. related to the upsurge in fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine, the coming and going of government and military officials in the Ukrainian capital can provide revealing insights. The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Military Committee was in Ukraine on April 6 and 7 and the foreign minister of Poland was there the following day.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau returned to Warsaw on April 9, summing up the purpose of his visit as to “reaffirm our policy that Ukraine is not alone in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of its borders.” Poland is not a member of either of the two negotiating arrangements established in 2014 to resolve the armed conflict in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, the Normandy Format and the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine.

Nothing would then seem to justify Polish intervention in that conflict aside from its neighboring Ukraine and being a member of NATO and the European Union. And that it cosponsored with Sweden the 2009 the Eastern Partnership initiative to wean former Soviet republics Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine away from joint post-Soviet groups like the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Community and the Collective Security Treaty Organization with Russia. All the former Soviet states in Europe and the South Caucasus not already in the EU – except Russia.

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