Poland’s stance on the war in Ukraine shows that it is “at the heart of the Western alliance” and that Polish-American-British cooperation has become crucial for NATO, the British newspaper The Times wrote on Thursday.
The article points out that while it is becoming increasingly clear that the missile that fell on Poland cannot be called a direct attack on the Western alliance, it was certainly a by-product of Russia’s ruthless attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Roger Boyes, the author of the article stressed that the Polish-Ukrainian border has become one of Europe’s hotspots, with 2.1 million refugees from Ukraine crossing the border within a month of the start of the Russian invasion in late February, and as many as 7.7 million by September.
#Russian strikes on #Ukraine’s energy and water infrastructure along with the coming cold weather have prompted concerns that more Ukrainians may flee westwards this winter.https://t.co/z2uvBbzKZy
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The author also pointed out that Poland’s generosity has given the country greater sway in the European Union and NATO.
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He went on to write that when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took up the topic, and the Poles’ diplomatic persuasion helped build U.S. readiness to confront Moscow.
Roger Boyes further stated that military aid intended for Ukraine is being transported through Poland, raising fears that the country’s depots and transhipment points could become Russian targets, hence the nervousness over stray missiles that exploded on Polish soil.
A new sense of NATO
The author noted that Kyiv’s resistance, heavily aided by NATO countries, gave new meaning to the Ukrainian army and to NATO itself. This new meaning forces Putin to think twice about spreading war in the region.
He stated that the position of Poland is in stark contrast to Turkey, which has accepted the Russian interpretation of the missile event, to present itself as a future mediator between Moscow and Kyiv.
On the other hand, France and Germany look towards China as a possible mediator, although Beijing has publicly shown only a hint of dissatisfaction with Putin’s war.
Roger Boyes sees both of these ideas as misguided, with the potential to weaken NATO’s authority as well as its conviction to free Ukraine from Russia.
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