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|Polish Embassy, Washington, D.C.||United States Embassy, Warsaw|
|Ambassador Piotr Wilczek||Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher|
For weeks, Poland's ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party, or PIS, had virtually been bursting with pride: US President Donald Trump was expected to stand side by side with Poland's leaders to mark 80 anniversary of Adolf Hitler's attack on September 1 1939. But after canceling his trip to Denmark once politicians there mocked his desire to purchase Greenland, Trump has now also scrapped his visit to Poland, citing threat of Hurricane Dorian, which is heading straight for State of Florida. In his place, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Warsaw to commemorate Polish victims on Sunday, along with number of other high-ranking politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Trump's cancellation is setback for PIS. Trump's presence would have been very important for US with respect to presentation of Polish History, said Wojciech Kolarski, aide to President Andrzej Duda. Kolarski points out that international media, which would have devoted ample coverage to Trump's visit to Warsaw, would have helped to shine light on Poland's troubled history as first victim of World War II. Despite Trump's absence, however, guest list remains unchanged, highlighting fact that PIS Government believes its political allies are exclusively in West. Underlining this belief: Russian representatives weren't even to Sunday's commemoration. Read more: 'Russia is only conceivable threat to Poland' but even among country's Western allies, there are clear differences when it comes to bilateral relationships. Whereas German-Polish relations are strained due to Polish claims to compensation for losses of World War II, Warsaw and Washington are on same page in many respects: how both countries are dealing with migrants, For example, or their shared criticism of Germany's support for Russian-back NordStream 2 gas pipeline in Baltic Sea. Warsaw can be certain that conflict with Brussels over overhaul of Polish judicial system will not be subject of debate with Washington. And, perhaps most of all, Poland's leaders are convinced country's security is guaranteed by United States, not by Europe. It's only natural that we are looking for partners who can actually exercise their military power, meaning they can fulfill their obligations stipulated by Article 5 of NATO Treaty, beata Gorka-Winter of Warsaw-base, publicly Fund Polish Institute of International Affairs, tell DW. Political analyst considers principle of solidarity between all NATO countries enshrine in that Article piece of fiction, if it's not backed by real military assets. US, With Its Military Potential, She Add, Is Only Country That Could Be Rely On If Poland Was In Imminent Danger. Poland's European NATO partners, on other hand, have already demonstrated their inability to act numerous times with failure idea to set up European Army, For example. Poland sees its biggest threat to East: Russia.
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