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The Foreign Minister addressed the press in New York following a UN Security Council session, chaired by Poland.

He was asked about a potential re-admission of Russia to the G8, from which it was excluded after the aggression on Ukraine in 2014. The re-inclusion has been advocated by US President Donald Trump, who argues that debates concerning Russia would be more productive with the main subject represented.

Polish FM responded that unless Russia changes its policy towards Ukraine, there is no reason for the West to make concessions. He said the words of Mr Trump “are intended to test the Russian position.”

On Thursday, Mr Czaputowicz ended his three day visit in New York, during which he chaired the UN Security Council debate on prosecution of religious minorities. This was a part of Poland's ongoing August presidency of the Council.

This was the third and last session of the Security Council chaired by Poland. In the aftermath of the session, Mr Czaputowicz said that Polish presidency was rated highly by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

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