Sputnik: From your perspective, how do you find the peninsula today?
Jacek Wilk: From what I've seen, it looks great. Poland has certain sentiments towards Crimea: who doesn't remember since high school [the] Crimean sonnets by Adam Mickiewicz? Comparing them with reality is an interesting experience. I can see that everything is wonderful and developing at a great pace. If Crimea is to become a territory of free economic zone, I believe its prospects are bright, taking into account its location and business dynamics.
Sputnik: The Russian State Duma is discussing the project of creating offshore areas in Kaliningrad. In your opinion, will Polish businessmen be interested?
Jacek Wilk: Of course. Poland has had brisk trade relations with Kaliningrad region. Cross border trading had been blooming. It has scaled down now, which I regard as a big mistake. In a way, Kaliningrad is a "trial balloon" of trade and economic relations. The role of so-called buffer zone between Poland and Russia fits it perfectly. We should be interested in supporting prompt development of economy in that region and make sure it has various kinds of tax remissions.
Sputnik: It has been said that economy entails politics. If international countertrade is present, politicians will follow business, and that will result in the easing of sanctions and more favorable climate in general. Do you agree?
Sputnik: What do they say on the sidelines of Sejm? The rhetoric reported by the media is very sharp.
Jacek Wilk: That is the rhetoric of the absurd — at least I see it that way. Right now we are in a position where for the first time in history we have no territorial disputes or arguments over ethnic minorities with Russia. There is nothing for it but improve our relations. The time has come to put an end to this absurdity and bring back good relations with Russia.