In a secretly recorded conversation, Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski called the US “losers” and said its security agreement with the US “isn’t worth anything.”
Sikorski is under consideration for a senior European Union job and thus the revelations by the Wprost news magazine in the company today may impact that choice.
Sikorsk: Polish – US alliance worth nothing
Sikorski was speaking with Jacek Rostowski, former Polish finance minister and a member of parliament, when the recording revealed his worldview. “You know that the Polish – US alliance isn’t worth anything,” Sikorski said. “It is downright harmful because it creates a false sense of security … Complete bullshit. We’ll get in conflict with the Germans, Russians and we’ll think that everything is super because we gave the Americans a blow job. Losers. Complete losers.”
The context of the discussion was not revealed, but it could have come to light in regards of military developments in Eastern Ukraine and the Middle East. According to the transcript, Sikorski described Warsaw’s attitude towards the United States using the Polish word “murzynskosc,” a Reuters report noted. This is said to denote a dark-skinned person and someone who does the work for somebody else, according to the PWN Polish language dictionary. In other words, it could be considered a racial slur.
Sikorski comments on US remains unclear
In the brief excerpts of conversation excerpts from a much longer dinner conversation between the two men, it remains unclear if Sikorski had made other comments in the that provided his detailed thoughts or if contradictions existed. The dinner, held earlier this year, was held at the Amber Room, described as an elegant Warsaw restaurant. The recorder of the conversation is unknown, but its release is having an impact with a potential government investigation in the offing, which is being reported by Poland Radio.
The revelation of the conversation may impact Sikorski’s future. Reuters notes Prime Minister Donald Tusk indicated Sikorski would be a natural candidate for the job of the EU’s top diplomat. The attitude at the foreign ministry was wait and see. “We do not comment on media speculation. … Possible comments will be published only after the whole magazine is published,” foreign ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski was quoted as saying. Likewise, government spokeswoman Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska said the government was waiting for publication of the full recordings before commenting. “It’s hard to relate to something which is just a few sentences taken out of a conversation. We’ll comment probably on Monday or Tuesday after the government’s sitting,” she said.