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Lech Walesa said Russia and Poland should stop arguing and squabbling over insignificant matters
Lech Walesa, a former Polish president and Nobel Prize winner, said Russia and Poland should stop arguing and squabbling over insignificant matters. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Walesa said, "We will have to pay dearly for the period when we argued seriously." Walesa said Russia and Poland should really become good friends and neighbors. Walesa said current Polish-Russian relations were full of problems related mostly to government reform and proportionate to the size of the country. "Poles are angry because the reform proved to be very expensive - we are seeking someone to blame and a way to explain it. Russia has even more serious problems. You are also looking for somebody to blame." Things will gradually straighten up in Russia, and problems will get settled, the former Polish leader said. "I am sure that we will soon be more interested in business, culture, and the disputed issues will gradually move to the background," he said. Walesa linked the current difficulties in Warsaw-Moscow relations with the Polish parliamentary elections due in late September. "It is very difficult to be a politician nowadays, both in Poland and in Russia. It is particularly so in Poland, as Polish politicians have little influence. In the past, a lot depended on the Soviet Union, and now on Brussels. This is why politicians are on a continuous quest, as they have to be useful! So they look for scandals, re-read old files, and the Russian topic is highly attractive for them." He added that Polish politicians today wanted to be "the most ardent patriots, the most courageous, and try to show that they are not afraid of Russia, and that Moscow is to blame for everything." "Parliamentary elections in Poland are around the corner. Parliamentarians are now ready for everything, even for a war, if it can secure them seats in the Polish Seim [Poland's parliament]," Walesa said.
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