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New Polish President: Putin Can Walk All Over Me, but He Won't Wake Me Up

© Andrzej HrechorowiczPoland's President Andrzej Duda gestures during a Reuters interview at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland August 14, 2015
Poland's President Andrzej Duda gestures during a Reuters interview at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland August 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
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On Wednesday, Politico released its much-anticipated interview with new Polish President Andrzej Duda. However, the original piece left out a couple of gems.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Chief of Staff Gen. Mieczyslaw Gocul review troops prior to a military parade during Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland August 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
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In its English-language article, Politico focused on the president's tough-talking "hallmark campaign promise" of seeing Poland do more to respond to the so-called 'Russian threat.'

But in the original Polish article, Duda complained that relations with Russia "are difficult, but through no fault of Poland. We did not spoil relations with Russia, did not take any actions against the country. What happened was the result of Russian policies, and the revival of Russia's imperial spirit and nostalgia, first against Georgia, and then a few years later against Ukraine."

It seems to have completely slipped the president's mind that Poland played an instrumental role in instigating the current crisis in relations over Ukraine, most significantly through its aggressive support of pro-Western forces in Kiev, who proved themselves ready to take power at any cost, and to drag their agenda through Ukrainian society no matter the consequences. Moreover, once the fuse of the crisis was lit, Poland not only loyally joined in with the sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and the EU – it went out of its way to demonize Moscow, through war paranoia at home and calls for 'tougher measures' against Russia, including military bases on its soil, from Brussels and Washington.

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Asked whether cooperation with Russia under President Putin is even possible, or whether Poland would have to wait for a change of leadership to restore normal relations, Duda said that while he would continue to work and would not "fold his hands" in diplomacy, he finds it more important for Poland to seek "good cooperation in the framework of the EU" than to work with Russia.

The president noted that at present he is particularly worried that "some particularistic economic interests could win over common sense and the interests of security," referring to the growing disillusionment among many EU countries over the sensibleness of extending Brussels' anti-Russian sanctions.

Heavy Sleeper

On a more light-hearted note, the president was asked by Politico what it is that wakes him and keeps him up at night. Duda replied that he was a heavy sleeper and that "nothing wakes me up at night." 

With his interviewer wryly interrupting to confirm that even "Mr. Putin would not wake you?" Duda jokingly responded that "I sleep so deeply that he could walk all over me, and I wouldn't wake up."

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