Polish Foreign Minister warns against ignoring Putin's threats to NATO

, 20:25, 23.01.2024
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski has issued a warning not to dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin's threats of war with NATO. Sikorski emphasized the need for preparedness.

Polish Foreign Minister warns against ignoring Putins threats to NATO

Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has urged not to ignore Russian President Vladimir Putin's threats to start a war with NATO, as he announced in an interview for Radio Liberty.

When asked about how much time the EU has to prepare to repel a potential attack from the Russian Federation, Sikorski emphasized that he "will not speculate" and provide any time frame.

“But when President Putin threatens other countries, as he threatened Ukraine before the invasion, I'm afraid he should be believed. That's why we need to prepare," said the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the same time, Sikorski emphasized that NATO is the strongest military alliance in the world, and Russia should not attempt to spread the war to the territory of the Alliance.

“We are just starting the largest NATO exercise in history. If memory serves, 70-90,000 soldiers are involved. Therefore, Russia is better not to try, because it will lose. We are the strongest military alliance on Earth," he said.

The minister noted that, thanks to the "courage of Ukrainian soldiers", Russia has already lost about half of its tanks and much other military equipment.

“But Ukraine must be helped to restore its territory, and we must find a way to do it in time. Because time matters," Sikorski emphasized.

European call for preparedness

On January 17, the head of the NATO military committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, stated that the Alliance needs transformation because it cannot be ruled out that a war with the Russian Federation may break out at any time.

NATO is also preparing its largest exercises since the Cold War, and several European countries have called for preparations for a "big war".

On January 19, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius called a possible armed conflict between NATO countries and Russia.


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