Poland says US ambassador's letter will not spoil good ties

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Poland says US ambassador's letter will not spoil good ties
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Georgette Mosbacher stands next to an American flag after receiving her credentials as new United States ambassador to Poland in Warsaw. Moshbacher has triggered anger on social media on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, with a letter allegedly sent to Poland's prime minister that takes his government to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned independent television station. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says a letter from the U.S. ambassador that took it to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned television station and misspelled the prime minister’s last name will not spoil “very good” bilateral ties.

The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki circulated in Polish media Tuesday, drawing angry comments from politicians and ordinary Poles who found its tone and the mistakes disrespectful. Mosbacher wrote to express “deep concern” over the government’s criticism of TVN, a Polish broadcaster owned by the U.S. company Discovery.

Government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said Wednesday that Poland and the U.S. enjoy “very good relations and one incident will not change that.”

Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak called it a “misunderstanding” resulting from businesswoman Mosbacher’s lack of experience in diplomacy.