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Poland says US ambassador's letter will not spoil good ties

The Polish government says a letter from the U.S. ambassador that took it to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned television station and misspelled the prime minister's last name will not spoil "very good" bilateral ties

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 28, 2018 18:15 IST ]
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government said Wednesday that a letter from the U.S. ambassador that took it to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned television station and misspelled the prime minister's last name will not spoil "very good" bilateral ties.

The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki circulated in Polish media Tuesday, drawing angry comments from politicians and ordinary Poles who found its tone and the mistakes disrespectful. But some praised Mosbacher for defending media freedom.

Mosbacher wrote to express "deep concern" over the government's criticism of TVN, a Polish broadcaster owned by the U.S. company Discovery.

Government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said in a statement that Poland and the U.S. enjoy "very good relations and one incident will not change that."

She said the government would not comment on the letter's content or it being leaked to the media.

"In our opinion diplomacy calls for calm and prudence," the statement said.

Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak called it a "misunderstanding" resulting from businesswoman Mosbacher's lack of experience in diplomacy.

Poland and the U.S. have close military ties and Blaszczak said his cooperation with Mosbacher, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, was "very efficient" as Poland is lobbying to host a U.S. military base that it has promised to call "Fort Trump."

White House spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Mosbacher is doing a "great job" of representing the U.S. in Poland and that she "represents our ideals and values."

Kopcinska's statement insisted that Poland was not curbing freedom of the media and that it also values freedom of speech.

Prosecutors are looking into undercover footage broadcast in January by TVN showing members of a Polish neo-Nazi group celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday last year. Poland bans the propagation of Nazi ideology.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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