Poland upsets the  neighbours

Janek Lasocki on a series of foreign policy gaffes

The World Today Updated 8 June 2021 Published 28 March 2018 3 minute READ

Janek Lasocki

Programme Officer, Sigrid Rausing Trust

In February 2014, only hours after the bloody climax of the Ukrainian EuroMaidan demonstrations, the Polish foreign minister flew to Kyiv, together with his German and French counterparts, to negotiate a peaceful transition of power.

The speed of events soon made the terms of their agreement irrelevant: President Viktor Yanukovych decided to flee the capital. Nevertheless, the mission was a high point for Polish foreign policy. The Poles had gathered a coalition of the big member states, negotiated on behalf of the European Union and marked themselves out as a leader of European policy in the eastern neighbourhood.

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