: D. Tusk deliberately avoided dealing with Ukrainian crisis - Poland's Foreign Minister

14:33 May. 12, 2016

D. Tusk deliberately avoided dealing with Ukrainian crisis - Poland's Foreign Minister

Donald Tusk, president of the European Union (EU), at a meeting E.U. leaders in Brussels, Belgium. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (GettyImages)

W. Waszczykowski claims Poland should have been among Normandy negotiators

Former Poland's Prime Minister and current President of European Council Donald Tusk voluntarily eliminated himself from solving the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. This is according to Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski.

"The former government committed a whole range of mistakes in dealing with Ukraine-Russia crisis. lacking a thorough and complex analysis of the situation," said Witold Waszczykowski while holding a speech in Sejm, the lower house of Polish parliament.

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The Minister insists Poland should have been a member of Normandy format, but did not use the chance. In April 2014, claims Waszczykowski, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko offered Poland's then-Prime Minister to join the talks to solve the armed conflict in Donbas region. Donald Tusk though rejected the proposition.

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Apart from ignoring the Ukraine-Russia conflict, claims Waszczykowski, Tusk did not succeed in compromising with German government in a good deal of important issues, such as Nord Stream and Nord Stream-2, NATO's eastern border strengthening, and Polish ethnic minorities in Germany.

The official states the fundamental changes in Poland's Foreign Ministry structure are to happen in the near future, as soon as Poland conducts the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw and International Youth Day.

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