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Polish FM admits Poland, Hungary differ on geopolitical issues

The comments by Zbigniew Rau make apparent the differences now separating two countries that have been strong allies in their respective battles with the EU.
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The Polish foreign minister has said Poland and Hungary have fundamentally different views on geopolitical issues.

The comments by Zbigniew Rau make apparent the differences now separating two countries that have been strong allies in their respective battles with the EU.

Hungary, which has fostered close ties with Russia, has pursued a softer policy towards Moscow over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In contrast, the Polish government has led demands in Europe for hard-line sanctions on Russia and military aid for Ukraine.

“We have never maintained that our opinions regarding every subject are always the same,” Zbigniew Rau said, adding that “it is obvious” that Poland and Hungary now had completely different views regarding geopolitical matters.

Speaking after a meeting with his Czech counterpart, Jan Lipavsky, Rau made his remarks following a question on cooperation with Hungary within the Visegrad Group.

The Visegrad Group is composed of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

“The Visegrad Group, formed by four neighbours over 30 years ago, had better and worse moments in its history,” Rau said.

Having praised the common achievements of the four countries, like, for instance, their joining Nato and the EU, Rau said that the Visegrad Group would continue to cooperate “where it can reach a consensus.”

“This is the good tradition of the group. We will not cooperate in other matters,” he concluded. 


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