FM, EU foreign affairs chief discuss transatlantic, eastern policy

The EU's transatlantic and eastern policy dominated Monday talks in Brussels between Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

Rau underscored the importance of EU-US relations, and spoke out for their further tightening in the areas of security, combatting disinformtion, free market promotion and connectivity. With regard to the latter, Rau mentioned the Polish-Croatian Three Seas Initiative as an example of successful cooperation between several EU countries and the US.

Rau also stressed the need for speedier EU work on an economic aid plan for Belarus initiated by Poland and the remaining Visegrad Group countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary), and voiced hope that this year's Eastern Partnership summit will set new and ambitious goals for cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership members.

Rau presented Poland's view on the EU's relations with Russia, including in the context of the recent arrest of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in Moscow. Rau said Navalny's imprisonment warranted the conferment of top priority to the human rights issue in the EU's relations with Russia.