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23 June 2014 Last updated at 05:49 ET
 Radek Sikorski scorns 'worthless' US ties Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski Mr Sikorski has urged a tough EU response to Russia over Ukraine

Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called his country's ties with the US "worthless", a Polish news magazine says, giving excerpts of a secretly recorded conversation.

The magazine Wprost is already at the centre of another scandal over leaked tapes involving the Polish government.

Mr Sikorski called Poland's stance towards the US "downright harmful because it creates a false sense of security", according to the new leak.

He has not denied using such language.

According to the excerpts, Mr Sikorski told former Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski that "the Polish-US alliance isn't worth anything".

Using vulgar language, he compared Polish subservience to the US to giving oral sex. He also warned that such a stance would cause "conflict with the Germans, Russians".

'Total suckers'
He also used a racially loaded term to describe the Polish stance - "murzynskosc", which suggests a slave mentality.

``(We are) suckers, total suckers. The problem in Poland is that we have shallow pride and low self-esteem,'' Mr Sikorski was quoted as saying.

Earlier this month Mr Sikorski, a conservative and leading critic of Russia in the current Ukraine crisis, was nominated by the Polish government to replace Baroness Ashton as EU foreign policy chief.

Baroness Ashton, known as the EU High Representative, will step down in November, but EU leaders have not yet decided who will replace her.

The Polish government says it will not comment on the excerpts until Wprost publishes the full transcript.

State prosecutors are examining material provided by Wprost on Saturday, days after a controversial police raid to find separate leaked tapes published by the magazine a week ago. The magazine's editor had refused to hand over his laptop during the raid, which was broadcast live on Polish TV.

Bugging of conversations to gain information is illegal in Poland, punishable by up to two years in jail, Polish national radio reports. But prosecutors were widely criticised for the raid and Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he may have to call snap elections.

Journalists gathered at the Wprost office in Warsaw to record the raid - 18 June 2014 The raid on Wprost's offices by a prosecutor was broadcast live by several TV channels in Poland last week
In last week's leak, Wprost published the content of an alleged private conversation in which Poland's top banker discussed the next election with a minister.

Under Polish law, the central bank must remain independent of politics.

In the recording, Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz was allegedly heard talking to Marek Belka, head of the National Bank of Poland.

Mr Belka was apparently heard calling for ex-finance minister Rostowski to be removed in return for the bank's support in the event of an economic crisis.
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