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  • Biden’s Son, Polish Ex-President Quietly Sign On To Ukrainian Gas Company

    05/14/2014 11:03:39 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2014 | Max Seddon
    Revelations that Hunter Biden and Aleksander Kwasniewski serve on the board of a company controlled by a Yanukovych ally raise serious conflict of interest questions for Western countries’ Ukraine policy. DONETSK, Ukraine — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son has joined the board of a gas company owned by an ally of Ukraine’s fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and a key European interlocutor with Kiev who was previously president of Poland. The move raises questions about a potential conflict of interest for Joe Biden, who was the White House’s main interlocutor with Yanukovych while the latter was president and has...
  • Poland's ex-president Kwasniewski and ex-PM Miller accused of corruption

    03/16/2007 12:21:21 PM PDT · by JoAnka · 4 replies · 471+ views
    Polish Radio External Service ^ | March 16, 2007 | Joanna Najfeld
    Poland's former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former Prime Minister Leszek Miller and other prominent left-wing politicians were involved in large-scale corruption in connection with the privatization process in Poland, claims a lobbyist under arrest on charges of corruption. Marek Dochnal, three years ago one of the most influential lobbyists in Poland, for the past two and a half years under arrest on charges of large scale corruption, has testified that Poland's most prominent left-wing politicians accepted huge bribes back when they were in power. Among others, Dochnal names as guillty of corruption Poland's former president, Aleksander Kwaśniewski and former Prime Minister,...
  • Poland "misled" into joining Iraq war

    11/08/2006 12:00:57 PM PST · by lizol · 27 replies · 1,030+ views ^ | 2006-11-08
    Poland "misled" into joining Iraq war 2006-11-08, 15:58 Warsaw decided to take part in the war with Iraq on grounds of untrue information which it received from the US administration - former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski has told a German daily. In an interview for "Der Tagesspiegel" Mr. Kwasniewski said that he heard about Iraq's mass destruction weapons from then US State Secretary Colin Powell himself. He added that now he would treat information supplied by intelligence "with more caution". In his interview for the daily, the former Polish president also appealed to the German government for more activity...
  • Outgoing President admits he was not sober in Kharkov

    12/22/2005 11:50:00 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 364+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 22.12.2005
    Outgoing President admits he was not sober in Kharkov 22.12.2005 President Aleksander Kwasniewski has admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol during his visit to the Ukrainian city Kharkov in 1999. The president’s behaviour on a tour of the graves of Polish army officers murdered by the Soviet security police in 1940 prompted mass media comments that he was not sober. His aides blamed this on leg problems. Interviewed by the TVN24 news channel today, Kwasniewski said he had drank alcohol. He added that he was ill at that time and was taking medicines. He said that he...
  • Goodbye Olek

    12/19/2005 2:55:27 PM PST · by lizol · 13 replies · 366+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 19.12.2005
    Goodbye Olek Aleksander Kwasniewski ends his two terms as Polish president and later this week will hand over his office to his political opponent, right wing president elect Lech Kaczynski. Known by his nickname 'Olek', which is short for Aleksander, Kwasniewski is seen as a president who ushered Poland into NATO and the EU and tried to exert a moderating influence, but whose last years of presidency were marred by political scandals. Aleksander Kwasniewski was 41 when in 1995, as the leader of the Polish left, he defeated the Solidarity legend Lech Wałęsa in the presidential elections. Five years later...
  • President Kwasniewski warns against tough stand towards Russia

    12/19/2005 8:49:08 AM PST · by lizol · 11 replies · 239+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 19.12.2005
    President Kwasniewski warns against tough stand towards Russia. 19.12.2005 Meanwhile outgoing president Aleksander Kwasniewski has warned the ruling party in Poland against a tough stand towards Russia. Kwasniewski advises president elect Lech Kaczynski not to demand a visit in Warsaw by president Putin but meet the Russian head of state in any place in the world. Speaking for the commercial radio TOK Fm Kwasniewski said he believes that Poland cannot force the Polish interpretation of the history of the Soviet Union and Russia. Poland should aim at forming joint commissions of historians, changes in school books and open discussions. President...
  • Presidential pardon causes controversy

    12/03/2005 1:13:34 PM PST · by lizol · 215+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 02.12.2005
    Presidential pardon causes controversy 02.12.2005 Poland's outgoing president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, has launched a procedure to pardon a member of the previous, leftwing government who was involved in a scandal, which rocked the Polish political scene for over two years. Zbigniew Sobotka was convicted for 3 and half years in jail for tipping off gangsters about a prepared police action against them. The scandal which involved many left wing politicians brought to light many links and corruption affairs among the former ruling left. President Kwasniewski's decision to pardon Sobotka has given rise to outraged comments from the ruling right wing as...
  • Storm over president's plan to pardon convicted ex-minister.

    12/01/2005 10:59:10 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 01.12.2005
    Storm over president's plan to pardon convicted ex-minister 01.12.2005 Discussions continue in Poland over the outgoing president’s intention to pardon former deputy interior minister Zbigniew Sobotka. The latter was sentenced to 3 and a half years behind bars for links with the criminal world. President Aleksander Kwasniewski has now sent a pardon motion to the prosecutor’s office. New prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has called on the president to drop the motion to show Poles that criminals will be penalised. Throughout Aleksander Kwasniewski’s second 5-year-long term as president nearly a thousand people have been pardoned.
  • Polish president warned over ultra-right shift

    10/25/2005 9:10:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 179 replies · 1,881+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25 October 2005 | Stephen Castle
    Polish president warned over ultra-right shift By Stephen Castle in Brussels 25 October 2005 Poland was given a blunt warning over its human rights obligations yesterday - after the election of a president who has sought to curb gay rights and campaigned for the restoration of the death penalty. The clear victory for Lech Kaczynski, who won 54 per cent of the vote in Sunday's run-off, marks a sharp change for Poland as a majority of voters embraced the populist politics of a man who has promised to bring about moral renewal. Mr Kaczynski, whose twin brother will also be...
  • GERMANY'S NEW OUTLOOK. Friendlier Transatlantic Relations Likely Under Chancellor Merkel

    10/22/2005 11:33:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 452+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2005 | Jim Hoagland
    Germany's New Outlook Friendlier Transatlantic Relations Likely Under Chancellor Merkel By Jim Hoagland Sunday, October 16, 2005; Page B07 Angela Merkel's new coalition government in Germany provides a sudden silver lining for the dark clouds that have descended over the Bush presidency. It will now be easier for Washington to work with Berlin and the European Union. That change could also help reduce the poisonous anti-American sentiments that pervade international politics. Those sentiments seemed to surface in this year's Nobel peace and literature prizes, which served to remind President Bush of his international unpopularity. The German silver lining is fragile:...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 10.12.05

    10/12/2005 3:10:30 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 197 replies · 3,814+ views, ^ | Wednesday October 12, 2005 | GretchenM
    President Bush met with departing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at the White House. Secretary of State Rice visited with Pakistani and Afghani leaders and then arrived at Chaklala Air Base in Rawalpindi. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is attending the U.S. and Central America Ministers Conference on Security and Economic Opportunity in Key Biscayne, Florida. Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • Final trip to US

    10/11/2005 11:18:48 AM PDT · by lizol · 165+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 11.10.2005
    Final trip to US Outgoing Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is paying a farewell visit to the United States this week. It’s his last official trip before the Polish head of State ends his second and final five year term later this year. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will be the guest of honor at a special luncheon hosted by his US counterpart George W. Bush in Washington. This will be Kwasniewski’s fourth official visit to the White House since 2002. Kwasniewski will end his second five year term as President after his successor is elected in run off elections later this...
  • The New Order in New Europe

    09/26/2005 3:08:03 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,108+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2005 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    WARSAW -- In Mitteleuropa, the roles have reversed. The boring, steady Germans last Sunday opted for political chaos by failing to elect a government. A week later, the passionate but messy Poles expressed no ambivalence in picking a clean slate of leaders. Polish former communists were chucked out after a single term, keeping alive a losing streak for incumbents dating back to the birth of democratic Poland. The fresh Polish twist is found in the victor's camp. Two conservative parties built a majority around the very ideas that Angela Merkel and her center-right allies failed to sell Germans on. Law...
  • President warns of 'dangerous' slide to right ahead of weekend election

    09/23/2005 10:54:02 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | September 23, 2005 | Monika Scislowska
    President warns of 'dangerous' slide to right ahead of weekend election Monika Scislowska Canadian Press September 23, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - President Aleksander Kwasniewski warned Friday of a dangerous lurch to the right in Poland's elections and urged voters to defy predictions of a low turnout by turning out in large numbers. Opinion polls suggest the left-wing government, mired in corruption scandals, will be swept from power in Sunday's vote by the center-right Law and Justice Party and the pro-business Civic Platform. With the two opposition parties, who plan to rule in coalition, on course for a two-thirds majority...
  • American Jewish Committee Honors Poland President Kwasniewski

    09/17/2005 11:56:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 281+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri Sep 16
    American Jewish Committee Honors Poland President Kwasniewski Fri Sep 16, 7:37 PM ET NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee with the organization's highest award, the American Liberties Medallion. "Mr. President, you are a towering champion of liberty, a steadfast defender of democracy, a staunch advocate of human rights, a courageous protector of memory and a tireless promoter of mutual understanding," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris as he presented the prestigious award at a dinner at AJC headquarters. "Today, democratic Poland shines bright in...
  • Polish president to stump for Holtzman

    09/13/2005 11:56:08 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 13, 2005 | Stuart Steers
    Polish president to stump for Holtzman By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News September 13, 2005 Foreign heads of state usually don't get involved in Colorado political campaigns, but nobody ever said Marc Holtzman was a typical candidate for governor. Holtzman will make several appearances today with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, whom he met while working as an investment banker in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Kwasniewski will appear at the University of Denver and at two private fundraisers for Holtzman. "In 1993, Marc went to Eastern Europe and set up a company to help emerging democracies learn about free enterprise,"...
  • Polish president rallies behind ailing leftist

    09/07/2005 9:31:00 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 175+ views
    Reuters Polska ^ | 2005-09-07 | Wojciech Moskwa and Pawel Sobczak
    Polish president rallies behind ailing leftist 2005-09-07 11:40 WARSAW, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski on Wednesday rallied behind his hand-picked candidate for successor, leftist lower house speaker Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, struggling to remain in the race. Cimoszewicz, a moderate leftist, has slipped from first to third in opinion surveys over the last six weeks after an error was found in his declaration of assets and hurt his cherished image as a clean hands politician. European Union member Poland is set to tilt to the political right in parliamentary and presidential elections this and next month, with voters angry...
  • Ukrainian, Polish presidents to coordinate actions on Belarus

    08/26/2005 9:10:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 251+ views
    Interfax ^ | Aug 26, 2005
    Ukrainian, Polish presidents to coordinate actions on Belarus KYIV. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski might discuss an initiative on coordinating their actions towards Belarus at their upcoming meeting. "I do not rule out that this initiative may be on the agenda, at the meeting between President Viktor Yushchenko and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. I do not rule out that this initiative might soon be discussed at the highest level and in this period of time some political decision might be made," Ukrainian Deputy State Secretary Markian Lubkivsky told a briefing on Friday....
  • President Kwasniewski calls on Putin to end violence against Poles in Moscow.

    08/12/2005 3:45:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 12.08.2005
    President Kwasniewski calls on Putin to end violence against Poles in Moscow 12.08.2005 Poland's president has called on his Russian counterpart to try to end a spate of anti-Polish violence on the streets of Moscow. Aleksander Kwasniewski urged Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities to punish the attackers and added that they were creating harmful tensions between Russia and Poland. Two Polish diplomats have also been beaten up in Moscow in the past week. Kwasniewski described the beatings as organised events, and insisted it was within the power of the Russian security and police services to put an end to...
  • Polonaise by Kwasniewski

    08/11/2005 10:46:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 339+ views
    Kommersant ^ | Aug. 10, 2005
    Polonaise by Kwasniewski The attack on children of some Russian embassy officials in Poland has caused an unexpectedly sharp reaction of the Russian authorities. Vladimir Putin called it “an unfriendly act which should be qualified as a crime.” Mikhail Zygar, an observer of “Vlast” magazine, thinks that children are not the main cause of the exacerbation of the relations between the two countries, simply, the Polish question has again come to the fore in Russia. Few people remember that some 150 years ago Poland for Russia was the same as Chechnya is now. Uprisings flared up from time to time...
  • Ukraine Moves toward the European Economy

    06/30/2005 1:09:30 PM PDT · by Lukasz · 9 replies · 301+ views
    Kommersant ^ | JUNE 30, 2005 | Aleksandr Vinogradov
    The VIII Ukraine–Poland economic forum opened yesterday in Gdasnk, where the presidents of Ukraine and Poland, Viktor Yushchenko and Alexsander Kwasniewski, will arrive today to take part. Kiev is pinning particular hopes on cooperation with Poland, relations with which have significantly strengthened since the Orange Revolution, which received support from Warsaw. Last year's Ukraine–Poland economic summit was held in Yalta two months after Poland's entry into the EU. Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and then Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma took part in the proceedings. At that time, relations between the two countries were difficult. However, this past year, Ukraine and Poland...
  • Western Countries 'Must Support Reforms in Eastern Europe'

    05/16/2005 9:47:03 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 253+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Mon 16 May 2005
    Western Countries 'Must Support Reforms in Eastern Europe' Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said today that Western European governments have a duty to support democratic reforms in countries on Europe’s eastern fringe. “We must lend our support to all of those who want to live in accordance with European standards and democratic values in whatever region of our continent,” Kwasniewski said at the opening of a two-day summit of the Council of Europe, Europe’s top human rights watchdog. “We would like to see borders linking rather than dividing ... no one should be belittled, abandoned or forgotten.” Kwasniewski has pushed European...
  • Polish - Belarus relations in crisis

    05/16/2005 9:38:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 254+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 16.05.2005
    Polish - Belarus relations in crisis 16.05.2005 Polish head of state said that the attitude of Belarus authorities to the Polish minorities living in Belarus is unacceptable. The Polish head of state commented last week’s interference of Belarus authorities into the elections conducted by the Polish Union in Belarus . Newly elected authorities of the Union were recalled and the elections annulled after Belarus Justice Ministry said they were not in line with the Union’s status. This was yet another example of the interference of Belarus authorities into the internal affairs of the NGO grouped in Belarus. Polish foreign ministry...
  • Polish president pays tribute to victims of Stalinism

    05/08/2005 8:27:18 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 08.05.2005
    Polish president pays tribute to victims of Stalinism 08.05.2005 President Kwasniewski has opened a visit to Moscow. A day ahead of the main ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, he has visited a cemetary where victims of Soviet political repression between 1945 and 53 are buried. The cemetary also contains the symbolic tombs of the leaders of Poland’s non-communist wartime resistance who were later jailed in Moscow. The Polish president also laid a wreath at a monument to the victims of Stalinism sited outside the headquarters of the former KGB. In a speech in...
  • Polish president slams Moscow for refusing to acknowledge Baltic occupation

    05/06/2005 11:48:56 AM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 343+ views
    AFP via Yahoo!News ^ | Fri May 6, 2005
    Polish president slams Moscow for refusing to acknowledge Baltic occupation. WARSAW (AFP) - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski slammed Moscow for denying that the Soviet Union occupied the Baltic states after World War II, saying the claim was "historically unjustified and morally wrong." "The 'request' by the Baltic authorities to be incorporated into the USSR is on par with the 'request' by Czech leaders in 1968" that Moscow intervene to crush the Prague Spring uprising, Kwasniewski said on public radio. On Thursday, the Kremlin's European affairs chief, Sergei Yastrjembsky, said that Moscow had not occupied the states of Estonia, Latvia and...
  • A Surprising Reconciliation

    04/21/2005 7:55:36 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 2 replies · 355+ views
    Warsaw Voice ^ | Apr. 20, 2005
    During Pope John Paul II's funeral at the Vatican, Lech Wałęsa and Aleksander Kwaśniewski shook hands, putting an end to nearly 10 years of political enmity. "Today John Paul II achieved yet another victory. During our stay in Rome, I had an important talk about Poland with President Lech Wałęsa," said Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski in a statement delivered after his return from the Vatican funeral. "We shook hands. We both felt that the gravity of the moment required us to do so and that we owed this to the Holy Father and to the Polish nation," the president said....
  • President Kwasniewski - the next UN Secretary General?

    04/18/2005 12:48:36 PM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 721+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 18.04.2005
    President Kwasniewski - the next UN Secretary General? 18.04.2005 Poland’s president Aleksander Kwaśniewski is considering running to become the next UN secretary general. Some opposition parties claim that they would be ready to support Kwaśniewski's candidature. "If the UN is going to change into a more active institution, then it would be quite a challenge and an interesting experience for me," said the President. The elections for a new UN secretary general have been scheduled for 2006. The Polish president's candidature looks as thought it would be supported by the U.S. and it would have to be accepted by the...
  • Polish Leader Vows to Remember Holocaust

    03/16/2005 9:33:20 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 388+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2005 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
    Polish Leader Vows to Remember Holocaust By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Writer Wednesday, March 16, 2005 (03-16) 02:01 PST JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told world leaders gathered for the opening of a new Holocaust museum that he will preserve the memory of the Polish Jewish community that was nearly wiped out in the Nazi genocide, and he vowed to fight racism in modern Poland. The visiting leaders attended a second day of ceremonies and educational conferences Wednesday to mark the opening of the $56 million museum, which tells the story of the Holocaust from the point...
  • Presidential No-Show (Kwasniewski, Poland)

    03/16/2005 9:28:41 AM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 16 March 2005
    Presidential No-Show 16 March 2005 The president's failure to appear before the Sejm investigation commission has caused the fiercest political controversy in Poland of the past few months and the most serious crisis in the president's entire second term. Aleksander Kwasniewski did not show up March 8 in the parliament where he was supposed to testify before the commission investigating the PKN Orlen scandal. "I refuse to take part in a political brawl," the president said the day before at a special press conference. He firmly announced he would not appear when summoned by other investigation commissions throughout the end...
  • A Bridge of Sighs

    02/24/2005 7:44:46 AM PST · by lizol · 14 replies · 342+ views
    Transitions Online ^ | 24 February 2005 | Jakub Jedras
    A Bridge of Sighs by Jakub Jedras 24 February 2005 Months after feeling euphoric at their role in Ukraine’s revolution, Poles are now feeling a little deflated about the country’s foreign policy. Aleksander Kwasniewski received a very warm welcome when he visited Washington in early February. There were smiles and bonhomie. There was talk of the “strategic, lasting character” of Polish-U.S. cooperation and a promise from President George Bush to try and squeeze $100 million from Congress to help modernize the Polish military, an offer that seems to have defused a Polish threat to scale back its presence in Iraq....
  • Polish President will attend Moscow end of World War II events

    02/19/2005 3:15:47 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 417+ views ^ | 2005-02-18
    Polish President will attend Moscow end of World War II events 2005-02-18, 13:24 Poland's president Aleksander Kwasniewski has confirmed that he will attend events marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II to be held in Moscow on May 9th. The opposition called on the president to boycott the ceremonies after Russia said the 1945 Yalta Treaty marked the beginning of democratic Europe. Kwaśniewski said that this view is far from true. He recalled, however, that the Yalta Treaty, which placed Poland in the Soviet sphere of influence, was signed also by Britain and the United States....
  • US and Polish Presidents' Discussions

    02/11/2005 1:51:15 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 243+ views
    Scoop ^ | 10 February 2005
    US and Polish Presidents' Discussions Thursday, 10 February 2005, 12:07 pm Press Release: The White House President and Polish President Discuss International Policy The Oval Office PRESIDENT BUSH: The President and I will have opening statements. I'll answer a question from the American press; he'll answer a question -- or somebody will answer a question from the Polish press. And we'll do this twice. Thank you all for coming. Welcome back to the Oval Office. It is my great pleasure to welcome my friend back here to discuss important international policy and policy related to our bilateral relationship. We discussed,...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 2.9.05

    02/09/2005 2:38:39 PM PST · by GretchenM · 438 replies · 5,652+ views, ^ | Wednesday February 9, 2005 | GretchenM
    President Bush and Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski (link to press conference) met for the fourth time in the Oval Office "to discuss international policy," Iraq, training Iraqis, Bush's upcoming trip to Europe, Ukraine, making it easier for Polish citizens to travel to America, etc. Bush participated in a class-action lawsuit reform conversation, saying, "...A capitalist society depends on the capacity for people willing to take risk and to say there's a better future, and I want to take a risk toward that future. And I'm deeply concerned that too many lawsuits make it too difficult for people to do that."...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 1.24.05

    01/24/2005 3:51:58 PM PST · by GretchenM · 215 replies · 4,295+ views,, seattle post-intelligencer ^ | Monday January 24, 2005 | GretchenM for TruthNTegrity
    A culture of life for America got a big boost from President Bush as he addressed, from Camp David by telephone, pro-life demonstrators in DC marking the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. He told abortion opponents he shared their support for 'a culture of life' and lauded progress in passing legislation to protect the vulnerable. Presidents Bush and Chirac plan to have dinner in Europe next month. The president is also planning to host Chirac in the United States sometime soon. Bush plans to stop in Germany, and to meet with Russia's Putin in the Slovak Republic during his...

    01/01/2005 10:57:22 AM PST · by Lukasz · 8 replies · 321+ views
    Novosti ^ | 2004-12-28
    MOSCOW, December 28, (RIA Novosti) - Although relations with the American administration and the European Union are normal, international politicians have begun airing the idea of restricting Russia's influence, Gleb Pavlovsky, president of the Fund for Effective Policy (FEP), noted at a news conference on Tuesday. He called the idea the "Kwasniewski doctrine", because the Polish president was the first to voice it. "Russia rejects this doctrine - we are not accepting in any degree the policy of curbing Russia's influence. This is beyond the boundaries of geopolitical correctness," Pavlovsky said. The expert believes that Russia passes through "periods of...
  • Poland congratulates Yushchenko on Ukraine vote win

    12/27/2004 10:36:11 AM PST · by Lukasz · 12 replies · 322+ views
    EUbusiness ^ | 27/12/2004
    Polish Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland on Monday congratulated Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko on his presidential election victory, hailing it as a step toward the European Union, his office here said. Kwasniewski, who helped mediate the political crisis that gripped Ukraine after last month's election was ruined by massive fraud, was the first foreign leader publicly to congratulate Yushchenko on winning the rerun ballot. He telephoned the pro-Western opposition leader to say he was "satisfied to see Ukraine emerge successfully from its political crisis." The Polish leader cited the high turnout rate in Sunday's poll and the fact it had...
  • Kwasniewski says Putin’s criticism “unfair”.

    12/24/2004 1:58:09 PM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 346+ views
    ITARS-TASS ^ | 24.12.2004
    Kwasniewski says Putin’s criticism “unfair” 24.12.2004, 02.14 WARSAW, December 24 (Itar-Tass) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski assessed the criticism from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as “unfair” and said it was the price he had to pay for involvement in the Ukrainian political crisis. "I think the words spoken today by President Putin, which I consider unfair, are the price that Poland, and me personally, pay for our involvement in the solving of the political crisis in Ukraine and in developing democracy," he told reporters Thursday. Putin criticized Kwasniewski for saying the United States would prefer Russia without Ukraine rather...
  • Putin: Is U.S trying to isolate Russia?

    12/23/2004 4:46:12 AM PST · by Lukasz · 74 replies · 908+ views ^ | Dec. 23, 2004 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia and the United States remain partners and had warm words for President Bush, but he said that he would like to know whether the United States was intentionally seeking to isolate Russia. In a wide-ranging end-of-the-year news conference, Putin said the plan for elections in Iraq, which he said could not be fair amid a continuing U.S.-led occupation. He also assailed the United States for saying that Chechnya wasn't ready for elections even though it was sponsoring elections in Iraq. "I have strong doubts that it's possible to create conditions for...
  • Yanukovych criticizes Kwasniewski for interferening in Ukraine's affairs

    12/17/2004 12:42:40 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 14th December 2004
    After the Ukranian Supreme Court annulled the results of the flawed presidential elections in Ukraine and called for new elections on December 26, Viktor Yanukovych, who was announced the winner in that poll, criticized President Aleksander Kwaśniewski for the part he took in the mediations with country representatives. "His as well as other intermediaries' taking part in the talks, supported this legal nihilism, which was everywhere during the Orange Revolution. The Ukrainian constitution was violated," stated Yanukovych in an interview, adding that this amounted to direct interference into Ukraine's internal affairs and if Ukraine's partners respect the country, they should...
  • Bush phones Kwasniewski, Adamkus on Ukraine

    12/10/2004 7:09:06 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 164+ views
    AFP ^ | Thu Dec 9
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush (news - web sites) phoned Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus to discuss the situation in Ukraine, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "The president called Presidents Kwasniewski and Adamkus to congratulate them on their mediation efforts in Ukraine and to thank them for their leadership," the spokesman told reporters. Bush "offered continued support from the United States for their efforts, together with the European Union (news - web sites)." McClellan said Bush "brought up how their own individual experiences in Poland and Lithuania offered valuable lessons for Ukraine. "The...
  • Driven by bad memories, Poland gets involved in standoff

    11/25/2004 3:22:45 PM PST · by Cutterjohnmhb · 16 replies · 1,666+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | Nov 25, 04 | Kyiv Post
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Wedged between troubled Ukraine and the West, Poland has plunged into the disputed Ukrainian presidential election in an attempt to mediate - a sign of anxiety over the prospect of instability and rising Russian influence so close to home. President Aleksander Kwasniewski said Nov. 25 that he would head to Kyiv at the request of Ukraine's President, Leonid Kuchma, to help broker talks between the government and the opposition led by Viktor Yushchenko, who says he was robbed of victory by a Moscow-favored candidate in the Nov. 21 runoff vote. "I have been asked by Kuchma...
  • Bush re-election is good news, says Kwasniewski

    11/04/2004 10:20:00 AM PST · by anonymoussierra · 42 replies · 816+ views
    Radio Polska ^ | Radio Polska
    Democratic challenger John Kerry conceded the 2004 U.S. presidential election on Wednesday, handing George W. Bush a second term in the White House . President George W. Bush told Sen. John Kerry in a phone call on Wednesday that he was an "admirable, worthy" opponent who should be proud of the presidential campaign he ran, the White House said. Commenting the re-election Polish head of state said no change of the US policy towards Poland can be expected Aleksander Kwasniewski hailed the re-election of George W Bush as “good news for Poland” “I do not remember any former US president...
  • POLAND-RUSSIA: Cold Front in the East?

    10/10/2004 8:22:03 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 319+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 6 October 2004
    The two-day working visit by Aleksander Kwaśniewski to Moscow did not lead to a breakthrough in Polish-Russian relations, marked in recent years with reserve. However, the visit was instrumental in keeping the difficult dialogue going. Kwaśniewski's only official meeting was a visit to the Kremlin, where he talked with Vladimir Putin. The meeting was dominated by economic themes. "Following Poland's accession to the European Union, your country has become one of Russia's key economic partners in Central Europe. Bilateral trade will amount to about $7 billion [this year]," said Putin, while at the same time pointing out that Polish exports...
  • Statement By RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie (On Remarks of Polish President Kwasniewski)

    10/05/2004 1:21:49 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 877+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christine Iverson (202) 863-8614 WASHINGTON – Chairman Ed Gillespie made the following statement today:“Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski’s deeming as “immoral” John Kerry’s insult of Poland’s sacrifice in Iraq once again exposes the fallacy of the senator’s claim that he would be able to convince other countries to replace our troops in Iraq with theirs. President Krasniewski has been resolute in understanding the importance of achieving victory in Iraq, unlike Senator Kerry, who has vacillated with every shifting political wind.”
  • President of Poland Calls Kerry 'Immoral' (Translated from Polish)

    10/03/2004 12:39:00 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 19 replies · 1,762+ views,11,item.html ^ | 3 October, 2004 | Chrenkoff
    President of Poland Calls Kerry 'Immoral' Reacting to John Kerry's omission of Polands efforts in Iraq, President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewski said, "I find it kind of sad that a senator with 20 year parliamentary experience is unable to notice the Polish presence in the anti-terror coalition." When asked about Kerry's derogation of non-U.S. coalition countries fighting in Iraq, Kwasniewski said: "I don't think it's an ignorance. Anti-terror coalition is larger than the USA, the UK and Australia. There are also Poland, Ukraine, and Bulgaria etc. which lost their soldiers there. It's highly immoral not to see our strong commitment...
  • Poland flays US foreign policy

    09/13/2004 8:34:30 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 12 replies · 438+ views ^ | September 13, 2004
    GENEVA: Poland’s President Aleksander Kwasniewski, a staunch ally of the United States in Iraq, criticised US foreign policy on Sunday and said he had warned Washington against trying to dominate Iraq or the world. Kwasniewski told the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag that he was proud of close ties with the United States as “important allies” especially in the fight against terror groups, but insisted that did not exclude criticism. “And there are some things we do not like: ranging from the reconstruction of Iraq, where the Americans awarded contracts somewhat one-sidedly, to the visa question, which is important for...
  • Polish President Appeals for a More 'Open and Gracious' U.S.

    09/06/2004 12:54:34 AM PDT · by SpikeMike · 62 replies · 1,538+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 4, 2004 | JUDY DEMPSEY
    WARSAW, Sept. 1 - The president of Poland, one of America's closest European allies, has made a rare and impassioned plea to Washington to be "flexible, open and gracious." In a veiled criticism of United States foreign policy, President Alexander Kwasniewski said he did not want to see "America take the ideas of the neoconservatives of isolationism, to have full dominance in the world and to play a divide and rule policy. It is a mistake." The president's remarks were made on Wednesday after a long interview in which he set out his view of Poland's role in Europe. When...
  • Poland's president wraps up Britain visit w/startling pub claim (he worked as illegal alien)

    05/09/2004 6:20:55 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 1 replies · 138+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Fri May 7, 8:24 AM ET
    Poland's president wraps up Britain visit with startling pub claim Fri May 7, 8:24 AM ET LONDON (AFP) - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski wrapped up his state visit to Britain with some sightseeing and lunch in the City financial district, after he revealed that he once worked in a London pub -- illegally. The president and his wife Jolanta were formally bid farewell by Queen Elizabeth II (news - web sites) at Buckingham Palace in central London, where they had been staying as personal guests of the monarch during their three-day trip. Kwasniewski has been to London before, though in...
  • Bush rallies allies over Iraq deployment

    04/10/2004 5:06:00 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 7 replies · 201+ views
    Washington Times via AP ^ | April 10, 2004
    <p>CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) — Amid fresh violence in Iraq, President Bush discussed military operations yesterday with national security aides and with three foreign leaders who have sent troops.</p> <p>Mr. Bush spoke by phone with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and Presidents Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland and Francisco Flores of El Salvador.</p>
  • Bush Discusses Iraq With Foreign Leaders

    04/09/2004 11:14:23 PM PDT · by TexKat · 42 replies · 320+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-10-04 | SCOTT LINDLAW
    CRAWFORD, Texas - Amid fresh violence in Iraq, President Bush discussed military operations Friday with national security aides and with three foreign leaders who have sent troops. Bush spoke by phone with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and Presidents Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland and Francisco Flores of El Salvador. Nearly 3,000 Italian troops and paramilitary police are serving in Iraq, 2,400 Polish and 380 Salvadoran. Seventeen Italians have died in Iraq and one soldier each from El Salvador and Poland. Bush discussed "the current situation in Iraq" with the men, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "All four leaders reaffirmed their...