Poland calls for more Western military aid to Ukraine

6 February, 11:14 PM
Mateusz Morawiecki (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Mateusz Morawiecki (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

From the onset of Russia’s invasion, Poland has been pressuring European leaders to increase aid to Ukraine and go beyond one-off arms deliveries and several packages of sanctions, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Feb. 6.

When asked if he was pleased that Germany had finally allowed Leopard tanks to be handed over to Ukraine, Morawiecki stated that he “would be happy only when Ukraine wins.”

“Russia is a paper tiger, but a tiger nonetheless,” the PM said.

“You can't scare it off with tanks alone. But if Putin sees that our resolve is not weakening, he will eventually come to the conclusion that he cannot win this war.”

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He added that Poland shows how to help Ukraine by its own actions, as it has transferred more than 200 tanks, Krab howitzers, Piorun MANPADS, and thousands of artillery shells.

“We don’t point fingers at others, but we show an example of how much can be done for Ukraine,” Morawiecki said.

“If largest European countries provided assistance to Ukraine on the same scale as Poland, this war would have already ended.”

If Europe doesn't support Ukraine, the very existence of Europe will be at stake, according to Morawiecki.

“From Madrid to Kyiv lies Europe that wants to live in peace,” he said.

“If we don’t have the resolve to defend one European country, our continent could become a besieged fortress for many years.”

Morawiecki is sure sooner or later the war will move to Berlin or Paris – if the West abandons Ukraine. He recalled that this is exactly what happened in 1939, when Europe didn’t help Poland.

On Jan. 29, media reports suggested that Poland had provided Ukraine with “some” MiG-29 fighter jets, under the guise of spare parts, back in early 2022.

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