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Polish foreign minister denies he said Poland's alliance with US 'isn't worth anything'

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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw "Radek" Sikorski is in hot water over remarks attributed to him that indicate the U.S. doesn't really care about his country.

A Polish magazine, Wprost, announced on Sunday that it obtained a recording of a conversation it says took place between Sikorski and a member of parliament, Jacek Rostowski. While Wprost does not say who secretly recorded the meeting, how it obtained the recording, or exactly when the meeting took place, it is believed to have taken place earlier this year as rumblings of Russian military forces on the move came to light.

"The Polish-U.S. alliance isn't worth anything," says Sikorski according to a transcript from Wprost. "It is downright harmful, because it creates a false sense of security.

"Complete bull---t," he added. "We'll get in conflict with the Germans, Russians and we'll think that everything is super, because" Poland cozied up to the Americans, he said, using a crude slang term for oral sex. "Losers," Sikorski said. "Complete losers."

Sikorski was called a "natural candidate" for a position as the European Union's top diplomat by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, according to a Reuters report. Shortly after the recording was disclosed by Wprost, Sikorski took to his Twitter account to claim he'd never been in the restaurant the conversation allegedly took place.

In the transcript, Sikorski allegedly used the word "murzynskosc" to describe Poland's actions towards the United States. The word "murzynskosc," from the root "murzyn," alludes to a "dark-skinned person and someone who does the work for somebody else," claims a Reuters report.

A spokeswoman for the Polish Foreign Ministry contacted by Reuters said "we do not comment on media speculation" in regard to the allegations. The spokeswoman continued by saying "possible comments will be published only after the whole magazine is published."

Sikorski's wife Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post columnist and author, has also remained mum on the subject except for a retweet of an article on the scandal that suggests Russian operatives had a hand in releasing the recording.

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