Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki assessed in an interview for “Wprost” that the risk of military aggression by Russia is real. In his opinion, the reasons for the increased danger posed by the Kremlin are, among others, a grouping of powerful military forces at the border with Ukraine and the use of gas as an element of blackmail.
In recent days, the head of government held a series of meetings with the prime ministers of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with whom he discussed the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border and geopolitical threats. On Tuesday, in turn, he goes to Hungary.
In an interview for the “Wprost” weekly published on the website on Monday, the prime minister was asked about the goal of building a coalition of the Baltic states, whether it is about creating a common strategy in the event of Russian aggression.
According to Morawiecki, “undoubtedly, for the first time in thirty years, we see an accumulation of many dangerous events initiated by the Kremlin“. Destabilization in Ukraine, then in Moldova. Hybrid war, with the use of immigrants as human shields – initiated in Poland and the entire European Union by Belarus – also has its roots in Moscow – assessed the head of the Polish government.
Everyone should see by now that Putin plays many pianos as part of his policy of destabilizing Europe. After all, the escalation of conflicts is in Russia’s interest, as it increases the demand for raw materials. Effect? Massive increases in energy prices, especially gas, which have already hit many EU countries – said Morawiecki.
According to him, “those who gave the green light to Nord Stream 2 should go to their heads, because – in his opinion” today it is already visible that dependence on Russian raw materials is an opportunity to put economic pressure on Europe“. We want the joint voice of the Baltic states and Poland to be better heard. We will talk to a few more prime ministers to make them aware of the scope of the risk that exists. Indeed, the aggressiveness and threats from the East must be balanced by the solidarity and resolve of the entire West – stressed the prime minister.
At the same time, he recognized that the risk of military aggression by Vladimir Putin was real. There are specific actions in favor of the increased danger posed by the Kremlin – a grouping of powerful Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine. Second, using gas as an element of blackmail. Third, the incredible intensification of cybernetic and hacker attacks Morawiecki pointed out.
He recalled that a month ago there was a major hacking attack in Germany, and earlier in France. Everyone says their intensity, most likely from Russia, is unprecedented – assessed the prime minister.
In his opinion, the Kremlin’s propaganda directed at Russian society “strongly indicates” the possibility of using military solutions. The glorification of the participation of Soviet Russia in the so-called Patriotic War (World War II) and the accumulation of foreign exchange reserves indicate that Russia is preparing for something. For what? We do not know that yet. But we have to assume worst-case scenarios – Morawiecki noted.
Asked about his last week’s conversation with US National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, Morawiecki said that NATO, including the United States, is aware of the threats posed by Russia. I am glad that the solidarity of the states of the North Atlantic Treaty is now significant – added. He also pointed out that NATO has many priorities in various parts of the world, which is why – as he emphasized – the task of the Polish authorities is to attract attention and point to the multiplicity of risks that appear and have one common denominator – a growing and real threat from the east.
Morawiecki admitted that the government is also talking to NATO partners about the possibility of launching Article 4, which provides for the commencement of interstate consultations in the event of a serious threat to the territorial integrity and security of NATO member states.
When asked in a recent conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin, Morawiecki replied that the head of the German government herself chooses who she wants to talk to, but – as he noted – “legitimizing Lukashenka is not a step in the right direction”. I made it very clear in my conversation with the Chancellor that Poland would not accept the results of any talks or solutions that would be made without consulting us. It is important to coordinate actions and agreements on the part of a free, democratic world – stressed the prime minister.
He confirmed that he intended to talk to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the current situation. The sanctions of Great Britain (against Belarus – PAP) should be correlated with the sanctions of the European Union. London is very aware of the dangers and consequences of these threats that are born in Moscow and are photocopied in Minsk – said Morawiecki.