In Europe - East

By John Helmer, published on his website Dances With Bears, July 7, 2016

Former Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk and former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Kyiv, July 15, 2014 (Andrew Krvachenko, EPA)

Former Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk and former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Kyiv, July 15, 2014 (Andrew Krvachenko, EPA)

MOSCOW – Radoslaw Sikorski, the ex-foreign minister of Poland, ousted Speaker of the Polish Sejm (parliament) and premature retiree from the Bydgoszcz constituency, doesn’t speak his mind so much as his interest. So why has he announced he is now in favour of leaving Crimea in Russia, a separate peace with the Kremlin for the Lugansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, and a strategy for the government in Kiev to “concentrate on creating success for the 90 per cent of the country’s territory which it controls”?

Sikorski has also publicly broken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has been employing Sikorski as a foreign advisor, by declaring the Ukrainian president must make his own business dealings less illegal. “The fight against corruption must come from the top,” Sikorski has said of Poroshenko. “The people in the top layer must show that their finances are in order, they are open to scrutiny and lead by example”…

Sikorski has been in Warsaw in recent days as Polish debate heated up on risks of war with Russia, conflict on the Kaliningrad frontier, and the reliability of the U.S. and European alliances. A summit meeting of NATO will start in the city this Friday, July 8.

Last week in Warsaw, Sikorski met with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a public discussion entitled ‘Saving the West: is Democracy under threat?’ In August 2008, Rice and Sikorski signed the U.S.-Polish agreement to install Aegis, the U.S. anti-missile interceptor system aimed at Russia’s nuclear missile sites…

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