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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Lech Kaczyński, Viktor Yushchenko, Mirek Topolánek: The gas crisis is not over yet


Lech Kaczyński held a meeting in Wrocław with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Mirek Topolánek in order to discuss the details of the contracts for the deliveries of Russian gas signed last month.

“The gas crisis is not over yet” said Lech Kaczyński at the press conference. As he added, efforts by the European Union and Ukraine are required to solve the problem.

“It is clear that there is a relation between the Georgian conflict and the gas conflict. However, it should be stressed that the other was not military for which we should thank God, but it was dangerous. Those are elements of the same policy – a policy of domination and restoring influence” assessed Lech Kaczyński when referring to Russia’s military intervention in Georgia.

Poland’s President emphasised that it is in the interest of all EU states as well as Ukraine and the countries of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions that such a policy fails.

In Lech Kaczyński’s assessment, the interests of EU states as well as of other countries, related to sovereignty, and loyal economic collaboration were violated. “Often, in a difficult situation, it is necessary to compensate for the losses suffered. This should be done consistently, although sometimes smaller steps are possible instead of larger ones, said the President. He also mentioned that during the meeting in Wrocław Yushchenko confirmed his West oriented policy.

Ukraine’s President said that the events had stemmed from geopolitical interests. “Gas means politics and great quantities of gas mean great politics”, he assessed.

The Prime Minister Topolánek stressed that the way the conflict is solved will be a specific test of EU integration. “I’d like to thank President Lech Kaczyński for promptly organising the meeting” he  assessed.

The Prime Minister Topolánek stressed that the way the conflict is solved will be a specific test of EU integration. “I’d like to thank President Lech Kaczyński for promptly organising the meeting” he added.

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