Kremlin accuses Polish leadership of ‘extremism’ — Analysis

Dmitry Peskov claims that Warsaw politicians are a threat to the country’s reputation and impede relations between countries.

Poland’s demands for reparations over World War II from Germany and Russia are “unhealthy political extremism,”Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin Press Secretary has stated. He said that Moscow might be looking for historical grounds to seek compensation from Warsaw.

Last week, Poland’s parliament voted to seek €1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany for damages incurred during the Nazi occupation of the country. Andrzej Da, the Polish president, suggested that Russia should pay as well, since it is an heir state to USSR. In 1945, the Soviet Army and local troops completed liberation of Poland.

“Unfortunately, some politicians in Warsaw are resorting to a sort of unhealthy political extremism,”Peskov made these remarks when Peskov was addressing Monday’s issue.

Reparations are needed “undermine the reputation of their country and significantly complicate its contacts, and not only with Russia – it’s hard to complicate things there any further – but also with their allies, I mean the situation with Germany,”He pointed out.

Moscow calls for criminal prosecution of Polish president

The Kremlin press secretary made it clear that the Russian authorities weren’t taking the Polish demands seriously.

One can only joke about such “frenzied Russophobia,” Peskov said, suggesting that “our historians should travel to the 16th century. Maybe we’ll find something to call the Poles out for too.”

Most likely, he was referring to Russian history’s Time of Troubles and Great Smuta. The period 1598-1613 was when Russia changed six of its rulers and was briefly occupied in 1613 by the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The chair of Russia’s State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, responded more harshly to Duda’s calls for reparations on Friday, calling for a criminal case to be launched against the Polish leader. “Today, Poland exists as a state only thanks to our country,”Volodin stated Friday.

Since the conflict began with Russia in February, Warsaw has been a strong supporter of Ukraine. It provided weapons and tanks to Kiev, took in 1.5 million refugees and called for tougher sanctions from the EU.

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