With regard to the situation in the Middle East, the Prime Minister emphasised that Poland, as one of the main partners of NATO, strives to work for a common position of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while at the same time searching for de-escalation mechanisms and seeking peaceful resolution of tensions. “We are aware that any spark may lead to an uncontrolled explosion; therefore, we put every effort into mitigating this difficult situation,” he said.
The Prime Minister announced that a joint schedule of activities, sustaining the security of Poland and ensuring stability in the Middle East, was established together with the President.
Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that Poland, a country that fulfils its obligations related to the expenses on defence policy, bears the burden of a special responsibility “to develop the best possible approach to this conflict in cooperation with the main partners, such as the USA and EU,” he continued.
During the meeting, the issue of commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was also addressed. In this context, the Prime Minister stressed that “we want to find the most suitable way of commemorating this tragic day, that is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.” He emphasised that “the main celebrations will be held in Poland, on 27 January, at the former German Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.”
The next subject discussed during the Cabinet Council was the Politics of Memory in the Polish-Russian relations with regard to the recent statements of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The Prime Minister stressed that these are “statements with which we absolutely cannot agree as they may fundamentally change the perception of one of the key moments in the history of the world, namely the outbreak of World War II.”
Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised that “we are saying a firm ‘no’ to historical lies. We care about the truth, we talk about the role of Poland during World War II and we highlight the role of Polish politics in the insistence on historical truth.”