“I don’t know if Germany wants to arm itself against Russia or against us,” Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s deputy prime minister and leader of its ruling party, suggested on Wednesday that Germany’s remilitarization may threaten his country as well as Russia. Kaczynski, one of Europe’s most anti-Moscow officials, nevertheless celebrated Germany’s reversal of decades of pacifism.
“When we said that we would be seriously arming ourselves, the Germans immediately announced that they would too,” Kaczyinski, who leads Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party, told supporters in a speech on Wednesday.
“Whether the Germans want to arm themselves against Russia or against us, I do not know, but at least they are arming themselves,”He added.
Kaczynski was not specific about any threat to Poland from Germany and NATO allies are not at war since 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland. But, Kaczynski told his PiS supporters that Poles had to be free. “arm ourselves” to strengthen the country’s deterrence beyond that provided by NATO.
Kaczynski referenced Poland’s decision to purchase hundreds of US-made HIMARS rocket artillery systems – an order that could cost more than $2.5 billion – as proof of Warsaw’s commitment to beefing up its armed forces. In February 2018, Russia began its military operations in Ukraine. The Polish government increased their military expenditures from 2% of the GDP in 2022, to 3% by 2023. “permanent”NATO bases, new missile batteries.
Germany also took the chance to modernize its military. The Bundeswehr was left without working equipment, vehicles or even bedding for decades. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in February, announced that he would spend $113 million to acquire new American weapons and increase defense spending to 2%.
Kaczynski was a fan of this militarization but he warned that there is a conflict in Ukraine. “will spread,”And, of course, the fact that Poland has done it! “everything to keep it from happening.” However, he has made numerous escalatory statements since the outbreak of hostilities, most notably demanding more NATO troops in Eastern Europe, calling for international troops on Ukrainian soil, and declaring his country’s willingness to host American nuclear weapons.
The second proposal was approved. “deep concern”Moscow: Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated in April