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Why Poland’s Plan to Provide Ukraine With Long-Range Missiles is Just Hot Air

In this photo taken March 10, 2019, in Wesola,near Warsaw, central Poland, are seen Polish troops in combat gear during brief exercise with some other NATO forces marking 20 years since Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary joined the Western military alliance

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell discussed providing the Kiev regime with long-range missiles with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski. How could this initiative pan out for Warsaw?”Good discussion with FM of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski,” Borrell tweeted on January 3. “We agreed on the need to enhance our military support to Ukraine, including with long-range and anti-aircraft missiles.”Previously, Sikorski called on Western countries to transfer long-range missiles to Ukraine for attacks on Russian territory. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, warned Warsaw against the provocative bellicose rhetoric.

"I perceive this as loud statements aimed at pushing certain domestic and external PR," Mateusz Piskorski, a political observer and columnist for the Myśl Polska (Polish Thought) newspaper, told Sputnik. "One should bear in mind that neither Josep Borrell nor Radoslaw Sikorski have this kind of weapon. Therefore, these are just loud statements."

“If such statements were made by representatives of those countries and organizations that could actually theoretically and potentially send such weapons to the Kiev regime, then this could be taken seriously. But I think that this is just a certain rhetoric, which, of course, does not contribute to, say, reducing the level of escalation of the conflict, but, nevertheless, it is just rhetoric.”Furthermore, it appears that the provision of long-range missiles to Ukraine doesn’t correspond to Poland’s national interests given that last year an unidentified aerial object from Ukraine violated the nation’s airspace and fell on its territory.

"Any escalation and continuation of the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine clearly contradicts Poland's interests and its security," Piskorski emphasized. "Therefore, I personally believe that it is in Poland's existential core interest to actually end the conflict. At a minimum, the armed stage of the conflict. Therefore, any attempts to escalate the conflict, even to push Europe, including Poland, to the brink of a direct conflict between NATO and the Russian Federation, is, of course, primarily a risk for countries such as Poland, given their geographical location."

The Polish political commentator emphasized that Warsaw is not in a conflict with the Russian Federation: Moscow has zero territorial, political or other claims against Warsaw, and therefore, “generally perceiving Russia as an enemy and threat by Warsaw is completely absurd,” he underscored.”Unfortunately, the Polish political class has been immersed in this absurdity for 30 years, despite all the obvious facts and the fact that now there are no significant contradictions between Russia and Poland’s foreign and security policies. Unfortunately, despite these facts, the dominant political circles of Poland constantly repeat this unfounded thesis about the existing ‘Russian threat’,” Piskorski concluded.AnalysisPouring Praise on Poland Just ‘PR Pressure’ to Put ‘Pan-European State Under US Hegemony’22 December 2023, 09:44 GMT

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