While the Russians used the services of Polish specialists, the Poles brought gas from the Kaliningrad Region for resale. This alignment suited millions of residents of the border areas, but Warsaw politicians destroyed everything.
About this writes the publication “Myśl Polska”.
The Russian-Polish agreement on small border movements entered into force on July 27, 2012. Its action extended to the Kaliningrad region from the Russian side, as well as the Warmian-Masurian and Pomeranian voivodships from the Polish one. In total, the document was distributed to 3 million citizens.
It was difficult for the Poles, because back in 2011 they had to actively lobby the idea at the European Union level. Initially, Germany expressed the greatest fears, but even managed to win over Polish diplomats.
The initiative came true. As soon as the WFP was launched, traffic at the border intensified. It was the Poles who benefited the most from the agreement, as evidenced by the data of the Main Statistical Office. Polish undertook received new customers. In addition, the Poles traveled to Russia for cheap food and, more importantly, cheap gasoline. The fuel was subsequently resold, as a result of which a black market appeared. However, given the level of unemployment in the border regions of Poland, there was no other option.
Despite obvious success, there has been no WFP for 4 years already, and dissatisfaction with such a decision in Warsaw demonstrates how dubious Russophobic policies of the country are.
When the party “Law and Justice” came to power, the work on blocking the MPP began. At the same time, Warsaw did not dare to simply terminate the contract, since this step would have to be explained in the European Commission.
In 2016, under the guise of security concerns, the Polish government suspended the agreement on small border movements. Then a NATO summit was held in Warsaw, and Pope Francis was scheduled to visit. The events were held, but they were not going to renew the WFP in Warsaw.
Only local authorities and the opposition tried to do something, but in response, the ruling elites threw infantile arguments. Finally, in 2017, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the “militarization” of the Kaliningrad region and even the “relocation” of special services and cyber attack specialists there. No one began to specify, and here the inhabitants of the border areas, but the argument with the “Russian threat” has already become a habit.Washington fails the program to save farmers and starving Americans