Ambassador: for the Polish-Russian group needed political dialogue

© AFP 2017 / PAP/Tafal GuzПосол of the Russian Federation in Warsaw Sergey Andreev. Archival photoAmbassador: for the Polish-Russian group needed political dialogue© AFP 2017 / PAP/Tafal Guz

The work of Polish-Russian group on difficult matters makes sense only if there is political dialogue, said the Ambassador of Russia in Poland Sergey Andreev in an interview with Polish Internet portal

«The group on complex issues stemming from the history of Russian-Polish relations was created at the time under the auspices of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of our countries with a specific goal – the release of political dialogue on difficult issues by passing them to the consideration of professional historians. Now the political dialogue is not. If so, there is no sense in the existence of this group under the auspices of the Ministry of foreign Affairs,» — said the Ambassador.

However, he believes that, in substance, the group fulfilled its mission. «She tried to come to agreement on complex issues of our common history in the twentieth century, but failed. As a result of its work in 2010 published a very serious and useful book «White spots – black spots», which, however, has shown that we perceive the story. We have your opinion, you have your. If so, we need historical issues aside and to do practical things,» — said the diplomat.

According to Andreev, this does not mean that Moscow somehow limit or underestimates the importance of cooperation between the Russian and Polish historians. «They are in constant contact, participate in scientific conferences, exchange views, discuss and so on. This is a normal process», — he stressed.

The Polish-Russian group on difficult matters was established in 2002 during a visit to Poland of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Its purpose was to explain the «white spots» in bilateral relations in the context of historical events without politicizing them. The work of the group was actually stopped in 2015 when he left his post the head of the group on the Polish side of Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld.

In February of current year it became known that the Polish foreign Ministry intends to resume the work of the group, the initiator of this became the current Ambassador of Poland in Russia Wlodzimierz Marciniak. In Poland the group is led by Professor Miroslav Filipovic is a historian specializing in the history of East Central Europe, member of the Polish-Russian group of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The invitation to return to work in the group also received its former members. However, according to media, many reacted to it critically, in particular because of the reluctance to work «with the current leadership of the Ministry of foreign Affairs», as well as from the exclusion from the group of the former Ambassador of Poland in Russia Katarzyna Pelczynski-Nałęcz.

In early March, Warsaw hosted a formal event on the occasion of the resumption of the Polish part of Polish-Russian group on difficult issues.

Later, the Russian foreign Ministry said that resumption of the work group raised questions, and Moscow sees no sense in a selective approach to the resuscitation of the bilateral dialogue with Warsaw.