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Serious Polish doubts about the realization of the anti-missile shield

(B2) It cannot be said that the Poles are wildly optimistic about the realization of the American anti-missile shield with the new American Obama administration. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski made his doubts clear in an interview with a colleague from the daily Diary.

"It's an American project. Our government signed an agreement on this, but we were not fanatical supporters of this agreement. Of course, after signing it, we would prefer that this agreement be implemented, but Poland should not play the role of a country that cares more about it than the author of the project itself.”


He also explains that everything is not over: “In fact, the negotiations are not over. The discussions concerning the ancillary agreements will continue for several more months. I think
that we can work quietly until the new administration makes a final decision.”


As for the chances of seeing this project succeed, the Minister - whose name was cited by two Anglo-Saxon newspapers (International Herald Tribune, The Economist) as a possible candidate for the general secretariat of NATO (1) - refuses to predict its realization (the journalist asked him “More than 50% chance?”): " Time will tell. For us, the main thing is to carry out the clauses of the political declaration which accompanies the agreement on the anti-missile shield, it is indeed in our favor.


(1) with the Danish Rasmussen, the French Alliot-Marie or the Norwegian Strom-Erichsen.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).