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High Polish politician trolls ex-FM over tweet

The pinnacle of the ruling occasion has claimed that Russia critic Radoslaw Sikorski helps Moscow’s trigger in opposition to the US 

The chief of Poland’s ruling Regulation and Justice occasion (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has mocked former International Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior opposition determine, claiming that regardless of his vocal criticisms of Russia, his actions are literally aiding Moscow, native media stories.

Kaczynski took intention at Sikorski on Sunday throughout a public assembly with supporters within the northwestern metropolis of Stargard. The conservative politician blasted a now-deleted tweet that Sikorski posted final week in response to the obvious sabotage of Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines. Sikorski posted a photograph of the location of the incident with the message: “Thanks, USA.”

The PiS chief instructed the viewers that Russia’s consultant to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, used Sikorski’s tweet to assault Washington throughout Friday’s session of the UN Safety Council.

“[Sikorski] couldn’t have carried out a greater factor [for Russia]” Kaczynski mentioned, as cited by Polish media. “Why did he try this? I don’t know, however I do know that he did.”

He dismissed remarks made by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who Sikorski served underneath as overseas minister. Tusk described the tweet as a gesture of pointless “extravagance.” 

Kaczynski mentioned {that a} diplomat could be thought of ‘extravagant’ if he have been to come back to a reception in his underpants, however what Sikorski did went past this, drawing laughter from the viewers.

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The problem got here up once more throughout the assembly, when a journalist requested Kaczynski about US claims that since 2014, Russia spent round $300 million on influencing politicians in different nations. He joked that he doesn’t imagine Sikorski “was value that a lot,” however instructed that digging into his potential ties with Russia may very well be worthwhile.

Different senior PiS members additionally criticized Sikorski’s tweet. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused him of aiding Russia, saying the ex-foreign minister destroyed his “fable as a diplomat.”

“An elementary sense of the nation’s pursuits is the obligation of each Polish politician and each Polish political occasion,” he mentioned in a Fb submit on Saturday.

Accusing political opponents of cozying up with Russia is a long-held custom in Poland, and it really works each methods. Amid the scandal over Sikorski’s tweet, his spouse, American journalist Anne Applebaum, claimed that conservative Polish politicians have secret hyperlinks with the Russian authorities.

“In some international locations (Poland for instance) the Proper tries to cover its hyperlinks to Russia and admiration for Putin. Within the US they now not trouble,” she tweeted on Sunday, in an assault additionally directed on the Conservative Political Motion Convention.

Some Polish media shops took her feedback to be an try and deflect criticism away from Sikorski. 




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