Poland belies information on ban of bilateral contacts with US in White House

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Polish mass media reported on the ban of the meeting in the White House
13:24, 6 March 2018

The Telegraph

Poland belies information that the US banned the bilateral contacts with Poland in the White House due to coming into force of the law on Institute of National Remembrance and that the country has the conflicts with Israel and Ukraine. Bartosz Cichocki, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland claimed this as TVN24 reported.

‘It is not true, there was no ultimatum. The American side worried about the issues concerning the law on the stage of the working out. They still have the concerns. It is not a surprise for us. But we are in the contact with the American diplomats and there is no ultimatum in these contacts’, he emphasized.

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Earlier, Polish title Onet reported that the US banned the bilateral contact with Poland in the White House.

According to the document, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland and Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister will not be able to visit the White House and meet President Trump and other top-ranking officials until the amendments are made into the law.

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After the signing of the law on Institute of National Remembrance, the Ambassador of Poland to the US held the number of the meetings with the American officials, particularly Wess Mitchell, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs who called the law unacceptable as it limits the freedom of expression.

‘In the addition to the unofficial recognition of the Polish leaders as the person non-grata in the White House, the Americans also threaten to block the financing of the joint military projects. At the same time, they warn, if the Prosecutor’s Office of Poland begins the investigation against any citizen of the US, the consequences will be dramatic’, the title said.

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As we reported the law on Institute of National Remembrance of Poland that extends the authorities of the establishment in the investigation of the crimes committed against the Poles came into force in Poland on March 1.

They stipulate criminal responsibility for denial of the Volyn Massacre of the 1940s and forbid the propaganda of the 'Banderite ideology'.

It also provides the criminal penalty for public accusations of Poland of crimes during Holocaust, of helping Nazi Germany, of military crimes or crimes against humanity. The bill forbids to use the combination of words “Polish death camp” when describing concentration camps that were on the territory of Poland. Any citizen of the country, including foreigners that breached the law will have to pay a fine or imprisoned for up to three years.

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