Poland seeks bigger EU, NATO roles

WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says his goal for the new year is a stronger position for Poland within Europe.

Poland won't lobby Obama on missile base

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Poland's foreign minister says his country won't lobby Barack Obama once he becomes U.S. president to go ahead with basing defense missiles in Poland.
Poland condemns Medvedev missile threat

Poland condemns Medvedev missile threat

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Poland's foreign minister Thursday condemned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's threat to place short-range missiles near Poland as misguided intimidation.

Polish official to query U.S. candidates

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says he will talk with the two likely major-party U.S. presidential candidates about plans for a missile shield base.

BMD Focus: Poland blocks base -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- It is starting to look as though Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk may be able to run out the clock to avoid letting the United States build an ABM base to protect U.S. East Coast cities against an Iranian nuclear-armed ICBM attack.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Poland blocks research institute placement

BRUSSELS, May 30 (UPI) -- Poland has blocked a decision on the location of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Report: Poland agrees to defense shield

MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Diplomatic officials say Poland has agreed in principle to let the United States build a missile defense base opposed by Russia.

Russian and Poland discuss U.S. missiles

WARSAW, Poland, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Russian deputy foreign minister traveled to Poland to discuss the potential deployment of a U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe.

BMD Focus: Polish base and Hill deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- After months of going to and fro, Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress agreed last week not to kill the Bush administration's controversial plan to build an anti-ballistic missile defense base in Poland, but to hem it in with more restrictions.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Germany, Poland to improve bilateral ties

BERLIN, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The foreign ministers of Germany and Poland agreed in Berlin Thursday their two countries should work on improving strained bilateral relations.

Poland plans to send 350 soldiers to Chad

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Poland's new government plans to send 350 soldiers as part of European Union logistics support in the central-north African nation of Chad, Polish Radio said.

Poland ready to join EU security force

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Poland's Defense minister says his country will offer a 130-person paramilitary company to join the European Gendarmerie security force, a radio report said.

Poland seeks military aid from U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Poland is seeking military aid from the United States, saying it needs the money because of the $600 million it has spent keeping troops in Iraq.
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Radoslaw Sikorski

Radosław Sikorski ( listen) (born 23 February 1963 in Bydgoszcz), is a conservative Polish politician and journalist. Currently he is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

Sikorski was much involved in the Solidarity social movement in the late 1970s, and chaired the student strike committee in Bydgoszcz in March 1981. After martial law was declared in his homeland in December 1981, he fled to Britain, which granted him asylum the following year. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford; while there, he was a member of the all-male drinking club The Bullingdon Club, whose members then included the current leader of the British Conservative Party, David Cameron, and current Mayor of London Boris Johnson. He then worked as a freelance journalist. In 1984, he took British citizenship. In the mid-1980s, Sikorski worked as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola. For a photograph taken in Afghanistan he won the World Press Photo prize in 1988. From 1990 he was an advisor to Rupert Murdoch on investments in Poland.

Returning to Poland, in 1992 he briefly became deputy defence minister in the Jan Olszewski government. From 1998 to 2001 he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs in the Jerzy Buzek government. During the latter appointment, Sikorski became notorious in the Polish expatriate community, Polonia, for designing and promoting a particularly strict policy regarding Polonia's citizenship status in Poland. As a result of that policy, Poland refused to recognize the acquired citizenships of Polish emigrants, including hundreds of thousands of recent refugees from Communism and their children, and insisted that they be subject to all obligations of Polish citizenship, while at the same time making it impossible to renounce such citizenship because of an extremely cumbersome administrative procedure. This policy became known as the "passport trap" because it was mainly implemented as harassment of departing travellers (primarily citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia) who were prevented from leaving Poland until they obtained a Polish passport.

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