The Polish defence Minister Anthony Macierewicz in an interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita stated that Russia was preparing for “aggressive action” against NATO, according to Reuters. This opinion of the Polish Minister said, commenting on the incident with the flight of Russian su-24 bombers over U.S. destroyers in the Baltic sea.
“All Russia’s behavior shows a systematic preparation for aggressive actions”, — said the head of the defense Ministry of Poland. He stressed that now is the time “to talk about it openly”.
“The West, including the Tusk’s government, used to say that all is well and the next 20 years war in Europe. Created the illusions that Russia will become a NATO member, and we were called crazy,” said Macierewicz (quoted by “Radio Poland”).
According to the head of the defense Ministry, the purpose of the action is to create a sense that the Baltic sea belongs to Russia, and “for NATO this is a restricted area”.
“I expected such actions from the Russian side. I talked about this with the head of NATO during our last meeting,” he said.
Earlier last week, after Russian bombers su-24 approached the American destroyer “Donald cook” in the Baltic sea, Deputy defense Minister of Poland Tomasz Shatkovsky also urged NATO to speak with Russia from a position of strength. He called on the Alliance to return to the mindset of the cold war, because, according to him, Moscow has adopted this approach.
After the incident with the destroyer in the Polish foreign Ministry was summoned Russian Ambassador in Warsaw Sergey Andreev, Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski said Warsaw and Washington will come up with an answer. The Russian defense Ministry, in turn, explained the incident that crews of su-24 of the Russian space forces performed routine training flights over neutral waters of the Baltic sea. The Ministry said that, finding the ship, “the Russian pilots made a top from it with observance of all security measures”.
According to Reuters, in July in Warsaw will host a NATO summit, at which Poland will be an advocate for a stronger military presence on the Eastern flank of the Alliance.
Earlier, in January, Polish defense Minister Anthony Macierewicz said that Warsaw intends to raise at the summit the establishment of a permanent NATO bases in Poland. According to him, in July will be “the decision whether Poland is an equal member of NATO”, or “we are seen as the state second class”.
“We can strike the aggressor avalanche. Therefore, we should be able to decide what means of defense to use. If we are talking about the dislocation of our allies who will support our safety, if our government considers this necessary,” said Macierewicz.
In the Kremlin, in turn, on Tuesday said that Russia’s relations with NATO are experiencing a “deficit of mutual trust”. “We believe that the actions of the Alliance are a threat to the national interests of Russia”, — said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. According to him, recent NATO actions “confirm once more that the Alliance has retained its original purpose — to contain Russia and to be in confrontation with the Russian Federation.