Failed helicopter deal must not harm Warsaw-Paris relations: Polish FM
PR dla Zagranicy
A failed deal for the purchase of French-made military helicopters by Poland “is not reason enough” to undermine bilateral relations, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said.
Witold Waszczykowski.Photo: W.Kusiński/Polish Radio
Bilateral relations “have always been very good” historically, he told France’s Le Figaro newspaper in an interview.
"Are we going to dwell on those 50 helicopters, or are we going to work together to solve problems that could produce some real crises?" Waszczykowski said when asked by the daily about the chances of improving Polish-French relations.
He argued that Poland and France were facing "numerous problems that require cooperation, such as Brexit, the future of the eurozone and the growing dissatisfaction of citizens with the current shape of the European Union.”
In October last year, the Polish government announced it was not going ahead with the purchase of 50 Eurocopter EC725 helicopters from France's Airbus for PLN 13.5 billion (EUR 3.2 billion), citing unsuccessful negotiations over an offset deal. (str/pk)