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‘#Russia’s Evil Empire’ : #Poland Resorts to hysterical pretexts to justify militarization

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‘#Russia’s Evil Empire’: #Poland Resorts to hysterical pretexts to justify militarization

Recent statements by Polish officials on a “pre-war” situation near the borders with Russia have raised concerns about the full-blown participation of
in the #Ukraine crisis.

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski sent shockwaves in the media by declaring in Brussels that NATO was setting up a “special mission” in Ukraine, but later rushed to “clarify” that the alliance was not dispatching its forces against Russia, but set its mission for logistics and training. Later, Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said he visits Poland’s eastern border almost every day, with the frantic comment that “Russia is rebuilding the evil empire.” The minister said defence spending had soared to four per cent, up from NATO’s requirement of two per cent.

Leading Polish weekly Polityka lambasted Sikorski’s statements, noting that they could be made to justify huge purchases of weapons abroad, which literally “drain the country of all resources still left here.”

Another Polish weekly, Do Rzeczy, questioned Poland’s ability to pay for the military reform that is expected to make Poland’s Army “the strongest in Europe.” Last year alone, Poland bought 32 F-35A fighter jets and 366 Abrams tanks from the US, and also ordered 1,000 K2 tanks from South Korea. Between 2022 and 2035, Warsaw plans to spend over $164 billion on weapons.

And with all the anti-Russian hysteria in official rhetoric, it seems obvious against whom Poland intends to fight.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on March 29 that Poland was in “a pre-war state” because of Russia, claiming that Moscow would escalate its campaign against Kiev.