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“The issue is closed”: Germany refused to pay war reparations to Poland

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The German Foreign Ministry said that under no circumstances will the country pay reparations to Poland for damages caused in connection with the Second World War. According to Interfax, this was announced by German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.

“The issue of reparations, as you know, from the point of view of the German authorities, is closed,” she said.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau expressed hope that Germany’s position might change. Earlier, after meeting with Burbock, he said that, having received war reparations, Poland would be able to better develop relations with Germany.

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On Monday, the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry sent a note to Germany, which requested about $1.3 trillion in reparations for material and other damage that Germany inflicted on Poland during the occupation in 1939-1945.

Rau noted that “Polish society still feels the trauma of the German armed attack in 1939, the German occupation, as well as its negative consequences for social capital, economic potential and national heritage.”

Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry reminded that Warsaw had previously refused to demand such payments. “Poland refused further reparations in 1953 and repeatedly confirmed this refusal. This is the essential foundation of the current order in Europe,” the German diplomatic office noted.

Source: Rosbalt

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