On 31 July 2012 The Polish Institute of International Affairs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States and The Lech Walesa Institute had pleasure to organise a public speech by Mitt Romney, 70th Governor of Massachusetts and United States presidential candidate, on the subject of: The U.S.–Poland Relationship and The Values Of Liberty. Marcin Zaborowski, PISM Director, Andrew Michta, GMF Warsaw Office Director and Piotr Gulczyński, LWI President, made opening remarks, which included their opinions on bilateral relations.
Mitt Romney started his speech by explaining why he had chosen Great Britain, Israel and Poland as destinations on his journey. The U.S. presidential candidate underlined that these three countries shared with the United States democratic values, respect for freedom, and aspirations towards international security and peace, backed by concrete efforts. What is more, in Romney’s opinion, Poland and Great Britain are pillars of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Mitt Romney drew attention to those countries in which freedom movements are suppressed. In this context he mentioned Belarus, Syria and Venezuela. The American politician underlined the hopes as well as the risks linked to the Arab Spring. Talking about Russia, he stated that efforts towards building of open society in this country have faltered.