Polish defence ministry slams ‘unacceptable’ German comment
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A spokeswoman for Poland’s defence ministry has said it is unacceptable for an official in another NATO state to urge Poles to undertake “anti-government activities."
The remarks came after the German defence attaché in Warsaw was summoned following a remark by Germany’s defence minister suggesting it was necessary to support the “healthy, democratic resistance of the young generation" in Poland.
Polish defence ministry spokeswoman Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz said: “The Ministry of Defence considers it unacceptable for the minister of a country that is a member state of the North Atlantic Alliance... to call on citizens of another country to undertake anti-government activities."
A spokeswoman for the German embassy in Warsaw said on Monday that Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s remarks had been mostly positive but part of them had been taken out of context.
Speaking to German broadcaster ZDF, von der Leyen on Thursday said her children had been studying in Poland as part of the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme at a time when there was a power shift in Warsaw.
She added that it was important to support the "healthy, democratic resistance of the young generation" in Poland.
Referring to von der Leyen’s words, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said her statement was a case of explicitly “admitting that the German side is interfering in political life in Poland."