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Poland: drifting from Saakashvili2010-08-24 11:58
President of Poland Bronislav Komarovskiy has stated that Tbilisi should not reckon upon the high favor it used to be in with Warsaw during President Lech Kaczynski's rule. "I'm not going to travel to another country at the Georgian president's wish", - said Komarovskiy, meaning an invitation to pay a formal visit to Georgia. That's a serious statement, indeed: Mishiko is clearly warned that if he does not build transparent and unambiguous foreign policy without bloodshed and provocation he will soon be written off as something useless and dangerous for Europe.
Poland denied Georgia its favour. What is it: just one man's opinion, even if he is the president, or a tendency? Neither. It is just being tired of the Georgian government's unpredictability and an apprehension that any European country that approaches Saakashvili might be involved into an adventure, especially a military one. Of course, Georgia has got a strategic reserve, US, but this partner also implies certain limits that are dangerous to go beyond.
Poland is no independent player in the global arena; it has always been balancing between Russia and the West. So, considering the mentioned statement, one can assume that Europe has grown sick and tired of Saakashvili.
Let us remind you that the relations between Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and leader of Poland Lech Kaczynsky were almost brotherly. Having proclaimed the democratic reforms policy and consequential rapprochement with the West, Georgia and Poland signed documents to confirm the strategic partnership between Tbilisi and Warsaw, which became a basis for anti-Russian policy. Well, what good did this "anti" do to Poland? Just another headache and a prospect of finding itself among the states unpredictable for the world community - not much to boast of, actually.
A month ago, Head of Polish Foreign Ministry Radoslav Sikorsky assured that the change of president in Poland would not affect the country's policy in respect of Georgia. The diplomat is obviously trapped: "The newly elected President of Poland Mr. Komarovsky has submitted the strands of the country's foreign policy to the government; our foreign policy is not going to alter. Political climate will, however, be changed but our attitude towards Georgia is going to remain the same. This has been repeatedly stressed by Mr. Komarovsky". According to him, the new president of Poland has stated that "he has got a friendly attitude towards Georgia, which is very important for you".
Polish minister also assured of his country's desire to help Georgia achieve European standards; Poland supports Georgia's democratic development and its participation in EU's Eastern Partnership program.
Would you be so kind as to tell the author how a country may help another country to achieve European standards? Nonsense.
Eventually, self comes first, and Poland is distancing itself from Georgia, realizing that any further adventure devised by Saakashvili might involve Poland directly or indirectly.
However, there are a lot of points in the Polish president's opinion to speculate upon. For instance, "Of course, Poland should definitely support all nations' right of self-determination and independence and in case with Georgia Poland should not give up one of the principles: we are sticking to the principle of Georgia's territorial integrity. As a clever Jew said, "Yes, but no".