Poland's Foreign Ministry criticised for lack of acceptance of US ambassador candidate
The Polish government does not allegedly want to accept the candidate for a new US ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski, according to the Onet.pl portal. The Polish Foreign Ministry has denied this information.
According to Onet.pl, the Polish government demands that Mark Brzezinski should renounce his Polish citizenship, which, as Onet wrote, he has never obtained, since he was born in the US.
Mark Brzezinski, a lawyer, political scientist and diplomat fluent in Polish, is the son of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as the US national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter.
The information published by Onet.pl was denied by Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, who described it as "nonsense."
"The procedure of granting 'agrement' has already started and is under way," Przydacz wrote on Twitter, adding that "everything has been going on in accordance with the accepted procedures."
The information was criticised by Borys Budka, a deputy leader of Poland's biggest opposition party, the Civic Platform.
"This is an unprecedented thing, this is a game with Poland's security," Budka said on Tuesday.
"One would like to say that Poland is a reliable partner on the international arena, but it looks like it should be said in the past tense because of the steps taken by the current government," he added.
Once a given country has an official candidate, it informs the host-country of the selection and seeks 'agrement,' or acceptance. It is usually the final step before the official announcement of the nomination.
The previous US ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, ended her mission after Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump.