V4 FMs for the integration of Western Balkans with the EU

The head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz said that the suspension of talks on this subject was not acceptable.

Apart from the Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz and the hosting, Czech Foreign Minister Tomasz Petrzicz, the meeting was attended by the heads of diplomacy of Hungary Peter Szijjarto and Slovakia Miroslav Lajczak. Min Petrziczek told the press that the V4 countries clearly emphasized their solidarity with the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as with countries belonging to the Eastern Partnership.

Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz reiterated that Poland is chairing the Berlin Process, which supports regional cooperation with the Western Balkan countries.

The upcoming meeting with the Western Balkan countries planned by the Czech presidency of the Visegrad Group will also be devoted to further EU dialogue with the countries of the region.

Czaputowicz said that an EU summit with Balkan countries will also be held. The head of Polish diplomacy stressed that "there must be political will on the EU side, and as we know some countries, are suspending these talks, and we think that this is unacceptable."

Min Czaputowicz noted that the Visegrad Group is in favor of strong transatlantic relations and "for reforms and maintaining the readiness of the Atlantic Alliance".

The head of Polish diplomacy told the Polish Press Agency that talks in the Normandy format about the conflict in Donbas, which will take place on February 9 does not mean a reset in relations with Moscow.

Polish FM Jacek Czaputowicz added that everything depends on the course of those discussions. "Russia is not sending any clear signal that it wants to apply international law," said Min Czaputowicz.

The ministers of the Visegrad Group, which consists of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, pointed out that their meeting takes place on the first day of work of the new European Commission chaired by Ursula von der Leyen and on the eve of the NATO summit.

Czech FM Mr Petrziczek also announced the next V4 meetings in an extended format - with the participation of the Benelux countries as well as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Czaputowicz declared that the Polish presidency, which will begin in July 2020, will continue the tradition of such meetings.