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Moscow is trying to marginalize Warsaw into NATO and the EU

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WARSAW, (BM) – Russian politicians are threatening an economic retaliation for the fact that in the new version of Poland’s national security strategy, Russia was explicitly called a threat. In a document signed on Tuesday by President of the country Andrzej Duda, which replaced the 2014 strategy, the word “Russia” and its derivatives are spoken eight times, writes Polish journalist Mahal Potocki in Gazeta Prawna.

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“The most dangerous is the neo-imperial policy of the authorities of the Russian Federation, which was also implemented using military force. Aggression in Georgia, the illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as actions in Eastern Ukraine violated the basic principles of international law and cast doubt on the pillars of the European security system,” the document says.

Behind these words is the intensive expansion of Russia’s military potential, frequent military exercises with a scenario of conflict with NATO, hybrid actions to destabilize the structure of individual countries and societies.

The author of the article draws attention to the fact that figuring Russia as a threat in the strategy should not surprise anyone, because the Polish Defense Concept of 2017 defines Russia’s actions as a threat mainly to Poland and other countries of the region. This document expresses concern about the constant growth of Russia’s defense budget and the modernization of the armed forces. However, the anti-Russian content of the new strategy caused a wave of discontent among some Russian politicians, said Mahal Pototsky.

Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov called the document dreams of expanding the Polish empire to the northern seas, in the implementation of which Russia has always interfered. In turn, his colleague Franz Klintsevich invited the Russian authorities to move on to more decisive action.

“These are words to the wind,” said Agnieszka Legutskaya, an expert from the Polish Institute of International Affairs. “We have had economic problems with Russia since 2014 since the introduction of counter-sanctions. These restrictions have reduced the attractiveness of the Russian market. We earn twice as much from exports to the Czech Republic than to Russia. I do not think that the Kremlin is able to strike at Poland by introducing even more stringent restrictions, because they have been operating for so long. The cosmetics industry is most vulnerable in this regard, because Russia is the second most important foreign market for it,” she adds.

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Poland’s weakness remains its dependence on raw material supplies from Russia, although after 2022 it seeks to abandon the extension of a long-term gas contract with Russia. “Overlapping a crane – especially at such low prices for raw materials – could do more harm to Russia itself, which aims to expand its sales markets,” the expert explains.

The second type of reaction of Russian politicians is a manifestation of neglect, the Polish journalist emphasizes. Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, Yuri Shvytkin, said that the new Polish national security strategy shows a clear lobbying for the interests of the military-industrial complex and a desire to please sponsors from the United States. “Poland is so eager to emphasize its importance that Warsaw in its doctrine of national security called Russia’s policy the“ main threat ”to Poland. It is characteristic that Poland is not mentioned in any Russian doctrine. In Europe, we deal with other countries, ignoring Poland,” senator Alexei Pushkov commented in turn.

“It’s hard to say that Russia is ignoring us. Rather, it is trying to marginalize us in NATO and the EU. The purpose of the defiantly dismissive approach is to prevent the allies of Poland from taking seriously either the eastern policy of Poland or itself,” summarizes Agnieszka Legutskaya, an expert from the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

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