Poland is recalling its new ambassador to Prague after he criticized the country’s approach to a dispute with the Czech Republic over a state-run coal mine.
Polish government spokesman Piotr Mueller wrote on Twitter late Thursday that the ambassador’s remarks were “extremely irresponsible” and that the process was underway for the diplomat’s recall. He said every diplomat should protect Poland’s interests.
In an interview released Thursday by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Ambassador Miroslaw Jasinski said Poland had showed a “lack of empathy, a lack of understanding and a lack of will to open a dialogue” with the Czech Republic.
The Polish lignite mine is located near the Czech border and Czech authorities have said it negatively affects the environment and drains water from local villages.