Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has condemned his French counterpart Emanuelle Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his or her phone calls with Vladimir Putin throughout Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, likening it to talking with Adolf Hitler.
In an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper, Duda requested: “Did anybody communicate like this with Hitler throughout World Warfare Two? Did anybody say that Hitler should save face? That we should always proceed in such a means that it’s not humiliating for Hitler? I’ve not heard such voices.”
Duda’s remarks check with feedback by Macron final week, when he warned that “we should not humiliate Russia”. The French president used related language in mid-Might, interesting to Europe to “by no means give in to the temptation of humiliation”.
Angst vor Putins Atomwaffen? „Dann sollten wir uns alle gleich ergeben“, sagt Polens Präsident Duda im BILD-Interview. https://t.co/LhlrA2AbLq
— BILD (@BILD) June 9, 2022
Each Macron and Scholz have held conversations with Putin in an effort to mediate over the struggle in Ukraine. However Duda instructed Bild that this was a “sort of legitimisation of an individual who’s chargeable for crimes perpetrated by the Russian military in Ukraine” and he famous that there was no proof the calls had achieved something.
Duda additionally hit out at Germany’s gradual supply of weapons to Ukraine and he repeated claims (beforehand denied by Berlin) that Germany has not fulfilled its guarantees to Poland to interchange the tanks Warsaw gave to Ukraine with German fashions.
“Ukraine wants heavy weapons, tanks. We’ve despatched over 240 tanks that may serve Ukraine,” Duda instructed Bild. “So far as I do know, we haven’t acquired something [from Germany]. We gave our tanks away and now we’ve got nothing in any respect of their place.”
Earlier this week President Duda accused Germany of reneging on a promise to supply tanks to interchange those who Poland gave to Ukraine https://t.co/RVodBmllru
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The Polish president additionally criticised the truth that, “for a part of the German economic system, it’s completely irrelevant what occurs in Ukraine or in Poland. They are saying they need to do enterprise in Russia and earn money. ‘We need to promote our merchandise. We need to purchase low cost fuel and import oil.’”
Pointing to Poland’s historical past – which has included numerous invasions and occupations by Russia and the Soviet Union – Duda stated that Poles perceive Moscow’s aggression higher than different international locations, which is why they’re providing worldwide management in efforts to isolate Russia.
“We, as Poles, perceive the state of affairs very effectively,” he instructed Bild. “Nobody says a phrase about doing enterprise with Russia, as we might as soon as once more be threatened with the Russian military being right here. That might imply demise, taking pictures, being despatched to Siberia. We all know very effectively what a possible Russian invasion means.”
Poles have probably the most unfavorable view of Russia among the many 53 international locations surveyed for the 2022 Democracy Notion Index.
87% of Poles view Russia negatively (the very best amongst all international locations) and solely 5% positively (the bottom amongst all international locations) pic.twitter.com/7ifVn1KxJH
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Duda identified the warning of his predecessor Lech Kaczyński, who declared on a go to to Tblisi in 2008, amid Russia’s struggle with Georgia: “At the moment Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic states, after which, maybe, the time will come for my nation, Poland.”
“His phrases sounded sturdy on the time”, Duda instructed Bild, however have to this point been borne out by historical past. “[Kaczyński] stated that Russian imperialism had returned.”
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Duda’s remarks are the newest criticism by Polish leaders of Western responses to the struggle in Ukraine. In April, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki additionally singled out Macron and Scholz, incomes a rebuke from the French president.
That very same month, the Polish authorities launched a world promoting marketing campaign that despatched billboards round Europe encouraging sanctions towards Russia and an finish to vitality imports.
It has additionally pushed for Russia to be punished for its “genocidal” struggle crimes in Ukraine, and has lent assist to Kyiv within the type of humanitarian and navy support, in addition to advocating for Ukraine’s membership of the European Union.
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is a British freelance journalist, primarily based usually in Berlin and at the moment positioned with Notes from Poland as a part of an IJP fellowship. Alongside information and politics, he additionally writes about tradition and could be adopted on Twitter @derJamesJackson.