The four countries of the bloc - Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia - have never developed a common foreign policy in the 31 years of the existence of the bloc, which emerged in 1991 to help facilitate the region's accession to NATO and the EU. Instead, especially at the EU level, they have tried to coordinate their positions on various EU-related matters.
The sports ministers of more than 30 European and non-European countries adopted a common call for Russia and Belarus to be completely removed from international sports. Bulgaria and Hungary are not among the EU countries, and from the European Economic Area Switzerland has not signed up
Polish Minister Kamil Bortniczuk presented the common position, which states:
The United States is increasing its military presence in Europe and moving to Poland the headquarters of an army corps, key to US military cooperation with the continent.
This was announced by US President Joe Biden in a statement together with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the beginning of the alliance's summit in Madrid.
NATO leaders are set to approve the alliance's new strategic concept this week, with a huge increase in rapid reaction force.
In addition to doubling the forces that will be deployed in Eastern Europe in the context of the war in Ukraine, the number of troops that can be deployed in a high readiness for rapid response is also increasing: from 40,000 to "well over" 300,000.
"Orban is intoxicated by his own success," sighs Istvan Szent-Ivanyi, a former Hungarian state secretary and ambassador, referring to the governing party's landslide election victory. "Frankly, given the current situation, I expect his rhetoric to get even sharper, with no signs of changing his pro-Russian and anti-EU line."
"Bulgaria sends aid to Ukraine through Poland". In practice, the resigned Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov admitted this in an interview with the Guardian, given before the no-confidence vote this Wednesday.
His statement comes after a question about how Bulgaria's position on the war will change if it fails to form a new coalition.