Poland says diplomacy with Russia ‘makes no sense’ — Analysis

According to President Duda, the best way is to support the Ukrainian military and hit Russia with sanctions

As quoted by CNN, Andrzej Duda, Polish President, stated that the only form of diplomatic engagement Western countries should make with Russia is to issue ultimatums.

Duda defended the previous position of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki who had criticized certain European leaders, especially French President Emmanuel Macron, about keeping Russian diplomatic channels open. Morawiecki compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. He said that no one should speak with these leaders.

“Dialogue with Russia has no sense,”CNN spoke with the Polish leader. “One has to present very tough conditions to Vladimir Putin. One has to say, ‘Unless you meet these conditions, we don’t have anything to talk about.’”

He demanded that Russia provide more military aid to Ukraine and that Russian sanctions be imposed on Russians. Talking to Russia and not getting anything from it “is only a game to buy time by Russia,”Duda stated.

According to the Polish President, he believes that Putin will never be spoken to by anyone in international relations. “consider him as a decent and fair leader, or politician simply.”

Hungary proposes summit on Ukraine

Poland’s full-throttled antagonism towards Russia is not shared by all EU nations. Macron responded to Morawiecki’s criticism by calling it “baseless and scandalous.”

Hungary was also against Russia’s isolation drive. Viktor Orban, the newly elected Prime Minister, stated Wednesday that he had invited leaders from Russia, France and Germany to a summit in Budapest.

Poland has been a vocal advocate of Russia being confronted for years. After Kiev claimed that Russian troops had committed war crimes against Ukraine, the calls for Putin to be treated like Hitler grew. Moscow dismissed the accusations as false, claiming that the intention was to impede peace negotiations between the two countries.

Warsaw endorsed Kiev’s claims that Russian troops were committing genocide. “The goal of that invasion is simply to extinguish the Ukrainian nation,”CNN interviewed Duda. Duda said that CNN did not conduct an independent investigation.

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German and French-mediated) was created to normalize the status within Ukraine’s regions.

Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by the United States and refuse to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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