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Polish ex-foreign minister says his words on dividing Ukraine misinterpreted

October 21, 2014, 11:28 UTC+3 WARSAW
Sikorski said his conversation with the Politico was not authorized and some of his words were misinterpreted
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Radoslaw Sikorski

Radoslaw Sikorski

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WARSAW, October 21. /TASS/. Poland's ex-foreign minister and current parliamentary speaker Radoslaw Sikorski said his interview with the US Politico magazine mentioning Russia’s offer to divide Ukraine with Poland was completely inaccurate.

Sikorski was quoted as saying in the interview that President Vladimir Putin made the proposal to Poland's then Prime Minister Donald Tusk to divide Ukraine between the two countries in 2008.

“The conversation with Politico was not authorized. Some of my words were misinterpreted,” Sikorski wrote on his Twitter microblog on Tuesday.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has dismissed the article in the Politico magazine as absurd.

In the article, published on October 19, Sikorski was in particular quoted as saying that the Russian leader called Ukraine an “artificial country” and that Lviv, in western Ukraine, is in fact a Polish city and proposed to “sort it out together.”

Sikorski said luckily Tusk did not answer as he knew he was being recorded.

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