Polish deputy FM warns Europe against rapprochement with Russia

Poland’s deputy foreign minister, Marcin Przydacz, has warned EU countries against rapprochement with Russia.

In an interview with Reuters, Mr Przydacz said that the new European Commission must retain a tough stance on Russia amidst concerns that some European countries are growing increasingly friendly toward their eastern neighbour, even as the Kremlin cracks down on dissent.

“It seems that some European leaders are unaware that their activities are read as an attempt to warm up relations, and if they are, their politics are misguided,” said Mr Przydacz.

Mr Przydacz said the bloc, under new leadership, should listen to the concerns of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Baltic states, given their proximity to Russia and their historical experiences with the country.