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Russia will be absent at Middle East conference

Russia will not participate in the Middle East conference in Warsaw in February, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz has said. In an interview for Rzeczpospolita he also explains why Poland will not have to choose between the US and the EU in the future.

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Czaputowicz told Rezczpospolita daily that Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will not be present at the conference. “Russia has just informed us that it will not participate in the conference even before seeing its program. This shows that the conference is not in Russia’s best interest. A pity, because Russia plays an important role in the Middle East,” he said.

The minister also explained why Iran was not invited to the conference. “We haven’t invited the representatives of Iran because that wouldn’t allow for a normal assembly. The Iranians are using language that is hard to accept. They have also been using it against Poland,” explained the Polish FM. 

The Iranians are using language that is hard to accept. They have also been using it against Poland

Czaputowicz also referred to the potential time of choice for Poland – between Washington and Brussels, concerning the Iran nuclear deal. “We are not opposed to the EU! We are part of the community and share the view that this agreement plays a positive role. The first person I informed about the conference was Federica Mogherini,” he said.

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The foreign minister also argued that Poland is trying to convince the EU not to oppose America when it comes to the Middle East. “During the EU Foreign Affairs Council meetings we draw attention to the fact, that the Union cannot oppose America when it comes to the Middle East and pretend that our agreement with Iran exists in an unchanged form, despite the most important country leaving it. Western companies have resigned from cooperation with Iran.”

“This conference is an opportunity for the EU to leave this impasse,” Czaputowicz claimed.