Polish FM: US Ties Are ‘Bullsh-t’
Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski has allegedly called his country’s relationship “bullsh-t” and compared it to a “blowjob” in a recorded conversation published Monday.
“The Polish-American alliance is not worth anything. It’s even damaging, because it creates a false sense of security in Poland,” Sikorski allegedly told former finance minister Jacek Rostowski last spring.
After Rostowski asks why he’s skeptical of the alliance, Sikorski continues that it is “bullsh-t.”
“We are gonna conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think that everything is great, because we gave the Americans a blowjob. Suckers. Total suckers,” he reportedly said.
The conversation took a racial tone when Sikorski described the mentality of Poles as “Murzynskosc.” The term has been translated by one English-language Polish news outlet as “thinking like a negro.” The BBC says it “suggests a slave mentality.”
It is unknown who recorded the conversation, published Monday by Polish news outlet Wprost. Suspicions lie with Russian intelligence, who have also leaked damaging private conversations by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, and others.
The conversation reportedly took place in the same posh restaurant where another private conversation between central bank head Marek Belka and Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, which was also published by Wprost.
“Sikorski has been an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and has strongly criticized Russian actions in Ukraine this year,” reports the Huffington Post. “In the past he was a strong supporter of the United States, though he has become more critical of Washington in recent years.” He has also been shortlisted for EU Foreign Policy Chief.
Sikorski has taken to Twitter to deny the conversation took place.
@TygodnikWPROST k?amie jakobym spotka? si? z Jackiem Rostowskim w Sowa&Przyjaciele. Nigdy w ?yciu nie by?em w tej restauracji.
— Rados?aw Sikorski (@sikorskiradek) June 22, 2014
Wprost’s editor said the recording had in fact been made in a different location, and will release the full audio in the next few days. A spokeswoman for the Polish government said it will comment after the tapes have been made public.
UPDATE: Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said Monday “the government was attacked by an organized crime group,” without giving more details other than an investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE: Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski assured reporters that the United States “is our very important ally and partner,” and he would not dismiss any ministers for the comments. Opposition leaders have vowed to push for a “no confidence” vote in parliament.