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Poland's Push for Influence in the Caucasus

A Eurasianet partner post from Stratfor

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski began a six-day tour of the South Caucasus on July 25 that will take him to Azerbaijan from July 25 to 26, Georgia from July 26 to 27 and Armenia from July 27 to 29. The tour is meant to advance the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EP) program, which aims to boost the bloc’s cooperation with six former Soviet states (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) on the European Union’s eastern periphery.

Poland faces many challenges in wooing the southern Caucasus countries and Komorowski’s visit to the region will do little in pulling these countries closer to the European Union. The more tangible effect of the trip may be its domestic political significance ahead of general elections in October, demonstrating to the Polish public that the government is not soft on Russia . However, Warsaw hopes the trip will advance its own interests and serve as a small and symbolic step to weaken Russia’s grip over these countries.

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A Eurasianet partner post from Stratfor

Poland's Push for Influence in the Caucasus

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