Polish Defense Minister Criticizes Germany for Not Doing Enough to Send Military Aid to Ukraine
Mariusz Błaszczak, the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Poland, said that he was uncertain about Germany’s commitment to having Ukraine win against Russia during the present military incursion. He believes that Germany should supply more tanks from its arsenal to Ukraine. Poland has been cranking up the pressure on Germany to pull more of its weight during the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.
“There is a reason for this pressure,” declared Błaszczak.
He called attention to how when the Polish government was pushing for military aid to Ukraine, it received criticism from the opposition..
“The opposition blindly parrots Germany, so much so, that if they ruled in Poland, they would say that Ukraine does not need any Leopards or Patriots. They would repeat everything Berlin is saying,” he said.
During an interview on Polish Radio 1, the Polish Defense Minister said that President Andrzej Duda rolled out plans for a coalition to supply modern tanks to Ukraine in a recent visit to Lviv.
“It can be said plainly, if not for Polish pressure exerted on Germans, the decision to donate Leopard tanks to Ukraine would not have been made,” proclaimed Błaszczak.
Despite Germany donating Leopard 2 tanks, Błaszczak still questions Germany’s devotion to winning the war.
When he was asked about Germany’s desire to see Ukraine defeat Russia, Błaszczak revealed that “it is a question he always asks when talking to German officials.”
Błaszczak said that the Polish government was aware of “what was going on between Berlin and Moscow and the Nord Stream pipeline,” which allowed Russia to consolidate itself geoeconomically.
While Poland has legitimate historical grievances with Russia, they should not be a pretext to drag the US into a conflict with Russia in Ukraine. Poland is one of the more respectable Western countries for its devotion to promoting traditional values and restricting mass migration. However, it has become hooked on neocon propaganda and is trying to do everything possible to stoke conflict with Russia.
Poland is correct in bolstering its defenses and potentially going nuclear to protect its national sovereignty. However, the US should not get itself wrapped up in an alliance that does not uphold any pressing national interest.