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Poland's FM blasted for publishing internal document

Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski speaks during a panel session at the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski speaks during a panel session at the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's foreign minister is under fire for publishing a March 2008 internal document that outlined the previous government's thinking about Russia and Ukraine.

Witold Waszczykowski said Tuesday the document exposed the liberal government of the time as departing from Poland's traditionally pro-Ukraine policy and embarking on a pro-Russian course.

Posted on the ministry website, the document played down potential threats from Russia. It was drawn up before Moscow's armed conflict with Georgia and its involvement in Ukraine.

Opposition lawmakers said the publication was harmful to Poland's interests and said Waszczykowski should be dismissed.

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said her government had the "right and the duty" to publish the document, which is not classified.

The ruling conservative Law and Justice party is seeking to discredit the previous team.