Richard Fletcher relfects on a lecture by Polish Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr Andrzej Ananicz, celebrating the anniversary of 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey.
It must be one of the more interesting quirks of diplomatic history – 600 years of unbroken diplomatic relations between the Poles and the Turks. But, hang on, you might say. “Poland” simply did not exist for various periods over the past 600 years. The simple answer is the Turks refused to recognise the carve-ups that took Poland off the map, consistently saying they were dealing with Poland and the Poles, not the people/countries that nominally took control.