Poland ForMin: US Ties 'Worthless', UK's Cameron 'Incompetent'
Fresh excerpts of a tapped conversation between Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and a former Finance Minister have triggered another scandal involving the government.
In recording provided by Wprost, a news magazine, Sikorski is heard making insulting remarks on relations with Washington and British Prime Minister David Cameron's EU policies, the BBC reports.
The latest revelation of Wprost comes just ten days after the magazine published another wiretapped conversation between National Bank chief Marek Belka and Interior Minister Bartolomiej Sienkewicz in which the removal of former Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski (who stepped down a few months on) was being discussed.
Sikorski does not deny having uttered the remarks in his conversation, which was precisely with Rostowski, but believes they were taken out of context.
He allegedly told Rostowski in early 2014 that alliance with the US "isn't worth anything" and also compared Warsaw's attitude to Washington to oral sex.
Poland's Foreign Minister described immigration policies of David Cameron as "either a very badly though through move or, not for the first time, his incompetence in European affairs".
Speaking of Cameron's stance on the 2011 EU fiscal compact he also argued the Prime Minister "stupidly tries to manipulate the system".
Sikorski, known for his harsh stance against Russian policies in the Ukraine crisis, was earlier nominated for the office of the EU high representative on foreign affairs, which Catherina Ashton is to vacate in November.
He is also perceived to have been among the three foreign ministers who helped to wind down tensions in Kiev in mid-February, hours before then-President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by Parliament.
His political future in government is however yet unknown, as Prime Minister Donald Tusk said short after the leaks scandal broke that he did not rule out snap elections.
The daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has quoted Tusk as calling Wprost's tapes "an intended coup d'etat" and has shown his inclination toward a scenario of Russian involvement in the scandal.
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Sikorski is known because of his (personal) very high self-esteem so no wonder he accuses everyone else of a lower one. By the way, he didn't say "we are suckers" but just: "suckers" and that was not about him nor his leader Donald Tusk but about his political opponents from Kaczynski's right wing party PiS ("Law and Justice"). One needs to note that what he said was half a year prior to the Ukrainian crisis and the change of American politics in Europe into a more active one.
FM Sikorski: "[We are] suckers, total suckers. The problem in Poland is that we have...low self-esteem........
Alliance [with the US] isn't worth anything".
Respect to Polish FM. Actually his bitter "total suckers" is about the whole EU. He tells what many Europeans think. And it gives hope. You are still the Mainland, Europe, though Your canary is currently asleep ;-)
An ALLEGED conversation between Americans and Spanyards ;)
Spanyard: This is A-853.You move straight on us...Distance is 25 nautical miles. Please, divert your course 15 degrees South to avoid collision.
American: This is US Navy Captain Richard James Howard. I strongly recommend YOU to divert YOUR course 15 degrees North.
Spanyard: No. No chance. I say again, divert YOUR course, please.
American: This is USS aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, the second biggest ship of the United States' North Atlantic fleet. We're escorted by two destroyers, three cruisers, four submarines. And there are numerous suport vessels that are currently following our ship. I don't suggest, I order you to change your course by fifteen, that's ONE-FIVE, degrees North! Get out of our way immediately! Or counter measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of our flotilla.
Spanyard: This is Jose Manuel Otero-Rivas, the second, if rated objectively, son of my parents. We are two, that is TWO, people here. We are escorted by one dog, two paellas, three beers and a canary that is currently sleeping. We have the support of Radio Coruňa FM and Channel 16 for marine emergencies. We won't move anywhere from here. We are on the mainland and it is Lighthouse A-853, Finisterre coast of Galicia. And I don’t have a f*cking clue about our ranking in the Spanish Lighthouses List...And you may take all f*cking measures to guarantee the f*cking safety of your goddamn ship which is about to crash into rock, but what is most appropriate and recommendable for Your f*cking trough, it is to turn immediately fifteen degrees South to avoid the catastrophe.
American: OK. Received. Thank you.