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Germany Refuses to Pay Poland World War II Reparations – News

The Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday (3) that the German government formally rejected Poland’s request for talks on compensation for damages caused during World War II.

“According to the German government, the issue of reparations and reparations for war damages is closed and the German government has no desire to open negotiations on this matter,” said a statement released by the diplomatic post after receiving an official response from Berlin.

Poland added that it would continue to seek reparations for “German aggression and occupation between 1939-1945”.

In September, Poland estimated World War II losses at around 1.3 billion euros and sent a formal diplomatic note to Berlin demanding reparations.

The press service of the German Foreign Ministry confirmed AFPThis Tuesday, the federal government “responded to Poland’s verbal note dated October 3, 2022”, reiterating that it does not publicly disclose the “contents of its diplomatic letters”.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach denied the request during a visit to Warsaw in October and said it was a closed chapter for Berlin.

Germany claims that Poland abandoned war reparations in 1953 and has confirmed this position on several occasions.

Berlin has pursued the same arguments in the face of claims for damages raised by Greece in the past.

Poland’s ruling conservatives question the validity of the 1953 treaty, saying the country is under pressure from the Soviet Union.

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