Polish leaders discuss the anti-missile shield negotiations
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Poland, met today with President to discuss the current state of the Polish-US negotiations. The meeting, held in the and proposed by Kaczyński, lasted two hours and ended at about 19:15 UTC. Donald Tusk did not want to talk with the journalists afterwards and there was no official press statement issued., the prime minister of
Prior the appointment, the PM denied a report by the daily "Polska", which claimed that the United States government had broken off the negotiations with Poland and opened negotiations with Lithuania.
"I have enough information to say that the Polish-US talks are taken seriously by both sides" Tusk told reporters. "There were no last-chance meetings. Such a serious project requires arrangements which can take months to make. I do not recommend rushing," he said.
, the Undersecretary of State for political affairs in the , also confirmed that the negotiations continue.
"It's nonsense. We haven't broken off the negotiations. The meeting between the Condoleezza Rice and the was positive and constructive. We are convinced that there are some prospects and we are still ready to negotiate with Poland," he said.
|The negotiations continue and a break-off is out of the question.|
According to a reporter with online news servicenewspaper, the president did not leave immediately after his appointment with Tusk.
Shortly after the PM left the palace, the Secretary of State at the President's Chancelleryand the minister were seen coming to meet the President. They left the palace about 21:00 UTC.
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