Poland asks EU to be flexible on US withdrawal from Iranian deal

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 28.5.2018 11:21

On 26 May, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stated that the EU should show more empathy towards the United States approach towards the Iranian nuclear deal. During his 22 May meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Czaputowicz said Poland would "demonstrate an understanding for the American position within the European Union".

In spite of the 16 May unity displayed in Sofia by EU leaders with regard to Europe's commitment to uphold the deal, Czaputowicz made it clear on Saturday that Poland is not decided on whether to back the EC's intention to bar EU-based firms from complying with the US extraterritorial sanctions. The Foreign Minister added he intends to consult bilaterally other EU members on the issue, probably referring to other V4 members, but also Romania, whose politicians have voiced similar concerns with regard to the Iranian deal. However, Czaputowicz said that, with regard to the economic aspects of the problem, Poland will strictly follow the joint EU position on Iran.

Further, on 28 May, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated his country was ready to mediate an EU-US agreement on the issue. In the situation created by the US withdrawal from JCPOA, Eastern NATO members are forced to chose between siding with Western EU countries - with whom they have important economic and commercial relations, and the US - which is perceived in Poland, the Baltics and Romania as the main security guarantor and most important ally. EU foreign policy unity was also dented when Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic decided earlier this month to block a French initiative for a joint EU statement condemning the US’s move of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 

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