Poland denied on Tuesday media reports alleging that the United States had banned high-level meetings with Polish officials in protest over a new law on the Holocaust that has strained Warsaw’s ties with Washington and Israel.
A report published by the privately owned Polish news website onet.pl also said Washington had threatened to block funds for joint US-Polish security measures. Polish officials did not immediately comment on that specific report.
Washington has been very critical of new Polish legislation that makes it a criminal offense to suggest Poland was complicit in the Holocaust, punishable with jail terms of up to three years.
Asked about the report of a US ban on top-level meetings with Polish officials, Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki told TVN24 private broadcaster: “It is not true. There was no ultimatum of that kind.”
Representatives for the White House and the US State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff