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Magazine Says Polish Leader Called U.S. Alliance Worthless

Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski reportedly bashed Poland's relationship with the U.S. during a secretly recorded dinner conversation.

Magazine Says Polish Leader Called U.S. Alliance Worthless
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Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, allegedly called the Polish-American alliance worthless in a secretly recorded conversation. 

The magazine that published the recording says Sikorski was recorded without his knowledge while speaking to Poland's former finance minister at a restaurant. (Via YouTube / The Chicago Council on Global Affairs)

Polish magazine Wprost broke the story, reporting the foreign minister described the US-Poland relationship as "BS" and said it provided a false sense of security for Poland while also ticking Germany off.

These comments come at an inconvenient time for Poland, given the ongoing crisis in neighboring Ukraine. 

According to Polski Radio, Poland is currently asking for more NATO troops to be stationed in the country. And, just two weeks ago, President Obama promised to ask Congress for an extra $1 billion to improve defenses in central and eastern Europe. 

More of Sikorski's conversation is expected to come out in Monday's addition of Wprost magazine. The magazine has threatened to bring down Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and this release is likely one way it plans to do that.  (Via U.S. State Department)

So who was doing the taping? All Wprost will say is that the source was a businessman, denying any allegations that former secret service agents were involved.