NewsPoland acknowledges preparations for potential Russia conflict, sparks concern in NATO allies

Poland acknowledges preparations for potential Russia conflict, sparks concern in NATO allies

TULA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 2: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the All For The Victory Military Forum on February 2, 2024 in Tula, Russia. More than 500 participants including defense industry workers, volunteers, doctors and bloggers, who support the Russian invasion of Ukraine gathered at a military forum which was hosted by Kremlin-backed People's Front. (Contributor/Getty Images)
TULA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 2: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the All For The Victory Military Forum on February 2, 2024 in Tula, Russia. More than 500 participants including defense industry workers, volunteers, doctors and bloggers, who support the Russian invasion of Ukraine gathered at a military forum which was hosted by Kremlin-backed People's Front. (Contributor/Getty Images)
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9:44 AM EST, February 6, 2024, updated: 4:10 AM EST, March 7, 2024

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The German Press Agency (DPA), followed by leading media entities such as "Die Welt", "Bild", and "Der Tagesspiegel", are discussing Poland which, like the Nordic countries, "has acknowledged preparation for a potential war with Russia".

These German media outlets cite Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Poland's Minister of National Defense, who, when questioned by "Super Express" about a "darkest scenario" where Ukraine loses the war against Russia, with Moscow planning to attack NATO countries, including Poland, responded, "I am prepared for every scenario, and I take the worst ones most seriously."

They underscore that Kosiniak-Kamysz's comments were neither coincidental nor impromptu but were "thoroughly thought out." "Warsaw is assessing its defense deficiencies," "Tagesspiegel" reports, citing more of Kosiniak-Kamysz's remarks which suggest that "one must be prepared for every scenario," and therefore they are "conducting audits to identify and address these gaps". In the meantime, comparisons are made between purchases for the German and the Polish military.

Expert warns

- The concerns of our NATO allies on the eastern flank regarding a potential Russian attack are understandable," Gustav Gressel, a military expert from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), told a German newspaper. "However, if every nation prepares for an attack on their own, the overall situation won't improve. Because then, each country will retain its military equipment, resulting in insufficient support for Ukraine - the expert added.

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Source: DPA, "Die Welt", "Bild", "Der Tagesspiegel"

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