“Either you support Ukraine or you support Russia. There is no middle ground” Polish PM says the West’s appeasement of Vladimir Putin must stop
In a guest essay for The Economist, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki writes that several Western European politicians have forgotten the lesson offered by the Munich agreement of 1938.
“In February 2007, almost 70 years after the infamous Munich conference, Vladimir Putin openly announced his desire to dismantle the post-cold war order in Europe. The following year, he attacked Georgia. Six years after that, he occupied the Crimea and set Donbas in eastern Ukraine ablaze. And, another eight years on, he began the bloodiest stage of his plan so far. The demons of history have returned. We are witnessing genocide again,” he says.
Poland, he writes, has warned for more than a decade against a policy of appeasement towards Mr. Putin’s resurgent imperialistic aspirations but has been met with suspicion and even contempt.