The idea that America has lost interest in maintaining Poland as its strategic ally in Eastern Europe remains a popular opinion among many Poles.
Following visits in the United Kingdom and Israel, the next stop in Mitt Romney’s overseas trip is Poland, where he will meet with national politicians, including Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and former president and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa.
While Mr. Romney is poised to criticize President Obama’s foreign policy in the region as a means of securing the Polish-American vote, local politicians aim to use the visit to draw Washington’s attention to the dwindling relations with Warsaw.
“The US has long been one of Poland’s key allies, but there are a number of issues that the Polish government would like to resolve,” says Marek Jablonowski, professor and director at the Institute of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.
“Polish politicians have been trying to convince Washington to revoke the obligatory visas for Poles based on our military engagement in US-led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this strategy has proven ineffective.”