Different perceptions of threats hinder EU strategy - FM

"Over the longer term, we cannot build European security without co-operation with the US," Czaputowicz said. Ronald Wittek/PAP/EPA

The main problem in developing a common European strategy is different perceptions of threats that divide the EU's eastern and western members, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

On Sunday, the final day of the 56th Munich Security Conference, Czaputowicz took part in the 'Eurovision Contest: A Europe That Projects' panel discussion, the Polish Foreign Ministry said in a news release.

Central and Eastern Europe has a differing view of the threats and direction they come from compared to some western members of the EU, Czaputowicz said, the ministry reported.

"For Poland and the Baltic states the threat comes from Russia, which has already proven that it can use its military force to secure its interests," the minister was quoted as saying.

The Polish minister also said that Poland cannot agree with the policy pursued by some EU member states who apply the same standards to Russia, China and the United States.

"Over the longer term, we cannot build European security without co-operation with the US," Czaputowicz said.

The Polish minister mentioned Russia's moves that broke international norms and principles, such as its interference with Georgia's borders, military aggression in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, according to the ministry's communique.