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    Poland Hopes for Restoration of Dialogue With Russia – Ambassador

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    According to the Polish ambassador to Russia, Poland hopes for restoration of dialogue with Russia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — There is no reason for concern for Warsaw over US President-elect Donald Trump, and Poland hopes for restoration of dialogue with Russia, Ambassador to Moscow Wlodzimierz Marciniak told Sputnik.

    "There are hopes that the dialogue will be restored. We are for restoration of political dialogue with Russia. If changes on the post of the US president lead to certain progress in that regard, it should only be welcomed. All NATO members agree that political dialogue should be conducted with Russia," Marciniak said.

    "There are no grounds yet, in my view, to speak of any particular concern on the part of Poland [about the election of Trump]. We think the situation is likely to be normal," he said.

    The ambassador said that the deployment of the Iskander-M mobile missile systems in the western Russian region of Kaliningrad was a threat for Poland, Warsaw was concerned over militarization of the exclave.

    In October, media reported that Russia had deployed Iskander-M mobile missile systems in its western region, bordering NATO members states, namely Poland and Lithuania. The Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov confirmed the reports, saying that Moscow made no secret of sending the missile systems to Kaliningrad as their movement within the country was a standard army practice.

    “Of course, we are very concerned over deployment of arms in Kaliningrad region, including Iskanders. The extent to which they threaten Poland is a military technical issue. But overall, we assess Russia’s steps as actions which are dangerous for many countries,” Marciniak said.

    Placement of arms in Kalinigrad creates a potentially dangerous atmosphere, the ambassador said, pointing out “risks linked to militarization of the Kaliningrad region.”

    Marciniak noted that the issue of deployment of arms in Kaliningrad was not the matter of bilateral relations between Russia and Poland, and it should be discussed jointly between NATO and Russia, since "it threatens not only Poland but many NATO members states."

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