Poland, US diplomats meet on eve of Middle East conference

On Tuesday, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Warsaw. Both officials discussed, among other issues, defence, energy security and economic cooperation between the two states.

Mr Czaputowicz and Mr Pompeo will preside over a Middle East security conference jointly organised by Poland and the US, which begins on Wednesday in the Polish capital.

After the meeting, a press conference was held with the participation of both politicians.

“Our goals in foreign policy are convergent, especially in terms of security,” Mr Czaputowicz stated.

The Polish FM stated that the issues related to anti-missile defence and the further diversification of energy supplies were discussed at the meeting.

“We share the view that the Nord Stream 2 project does not serve Europe's energy security and we consider this project as a failure, even detrimental to energy security,” he said.

Mike Pompeo stressed that NATO was always able to oppose any aggressor and every threat. He added that the US President Donald Trump is grateful that Poland has been fulfilling its duties and supports the Alliance as far as it is possible.

He also recalled that "Poland is trying to import American gas and oil," thus trying to become independent from the supply of Russian gas.

Mr Pompeo stated that the US is against Nord Stream 2, since it would strengthen the Russian role in the gas market and and make other European countries dependent on its supplies.

The US Secretary of State also said that “America will never forget the unwavering Polish spirit and will not forget those who risked their lives opposing the Nazi German machine”.