POLAND: A NATURAL U.S. ALLY ON EASTERN POLICY 12/8/08Edit
This article details Polands political stategy in dealing with an increasingly agressive Russia by using the Polish - Swedish Eastern Partnership Program to create a buffer between Poland and Russia.
"Polish analysts tell us having pro-Western buffer zone in Ukraine and Belarus would keep Poland off the front line with an increasingly assertive Russia."
Eastern Partnership ProgramEdit
"The Eastern Partnership -- a proposal championed by Poland and Sweden to deepen EU relations with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan -- embraces the central goals of Poland's increasingly active regional policy:
-- Counter Russia's influence in Eastern Europe (although Russia is officially welcome to take part in the Partnership); -- Energize EU engagement with eastern neighbors in the face of enlargement fatigue; and -- Entice former Soviet states to embrace Western democratic and free-market principles by offering tangible benefits -- particularly a free trade area and eventual visa-free travel."
"According to the ‘Sikorski Doctrine’ any further attempt by Russia to redraw borders by force or subversion should be regarded by Europe as a threat to its security, entailing a proportional response by the entire Euro-Atlantic community.”