Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s national security council, brushed off comments from Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who said NATO would make quick work of Moscow if war ever reached beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Morawiecki said in an interview with NBC News that he was not concerned about a fight between Russia and the West because a “war between Russia and NATO, and Russia would lose this war very quickly.”
“They believe that fighting with Ukraine they are fighting with the West and fighting with NATO, whereas the fact of the matter is that we are only supporting a brutally invaded country,” he said.
Medvedev took to Twitter and said he did not know what side would win, but “considering Poland’s role as a NATO outpost in Europe, this country is sure to disappear together with its stupid prime minister.”
Morawiecki, who visited Washington last week, raised concerns about whether or not France and Germany will continue supporting Ukraine for the long haul.
He said he has no doubt that these countries want Ukraine to emerge victorious, but “to what extent they want to have this victory of Ukraine and to what extent they are able to engage their money, their weapons, their diplomacy to support Ukraine, I’m not sure.”
“They are great European powers, they are our friends and partners, but we would wish them to be more involved in this war in Ukraine in terms of really and deeply, wholeheartedly supporting Ukraine,” he said, according to Axios.
Last month, Jan Emeryk Rosciszewski, the Polish ambassador to France, told the French broadcaster LCI that his country may have to join the fight if Ukraine fails to defend its independence.
“Either Ukraine will successfully defend its independence, or we will be forced, in any case, to join this conflict,” he said, according to Russian news outlet RT. “Otherwise, our principal values, which are the basis of our civilization and our culture, will be in fundamental danger, so we will have no choice.”
The Polish mission in France attempted to clarify his comments and said it was not an “announcement of Poland’s direct involvement in the conflict, but only a warning against the consequences of Ukraine’s defeat – the possibility of Russia attacking or dragging into the war more Central European countries – the Baltic states and Poland.”
Poland recently announced that it will be the first NATO country to provide Ukraine with fighter jets. Warsaw plans to send Kyiv four Soviet-era MiG-29s and about a dozen more while the planes are being refurbished. (See “POLAND, SLOVAKIA PUSHING FOR FIGHTER JETS FOR UKRAINE, AS RUSSIA SAY THEY ARE AT WAR,” 14 Feb 2023.)
TRENDPOST: Poland has been pushing the Ukraine war because, like the U.S., it dreams of seeing Russia severely weakened and even broken up into smaller satellites.
Indeed, Poland tried to kick off WWIII last year when it originally blamed Russia for a missile strike that killed two people in a border town.
Medvedev tweeted at the time that the incident with the “Ukrainian-alleged ‘missile strike’ on a Polish farm proves just one thing: waging a hybrid war against Russia, the West moves closer to the world war.”
Late last year, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said there is a real possibility that NATO goes to war with Russia.
“We are working on that every day to avoid that,” he said.
Ukraine is not a NATO member and has been denied access by the alliance. Part of the reason Russia invaded was the threat of Kyiv joining the bloc. Moscow sees a NATO-aligned Ukraine as an existential threat. (See “NATO’S STOLTENBERG SAYS ALL-OUT WAR WITH RUSSIA IS POSSIBLE,” 13 Dec 2022.)
NATO does not want Ukraine to join because it would mean overt war against Russia. But that will not stop Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from asking for membership. The Ukrainian leader on Saturday called for his country to be admitted into the alliance.