Poland’s ambassador to France, Jan Emeryk Rościszewski warned on Monday that his country may “have no choice but to enter the conflict.”
Rościszewski stressed, that at the moment Poland is not engaged directly in the war but they are “doing everything it can to help Ukraine and protect itself.”
He warned that they will enter the war if Ukraine fails to defend their independence and if this happens then Europe and NATO will be at a full scale war.
Speaking to French TV channel LCI in an interview, the Polish ambassador to France said, “It is not NATO, Poland or Slovakia that are mounting ever more pressure, but Russia, which has invaded Ukraine.
Read more on Russia-Ukraine war:
China has joined the war and are arming Russia with weaponry after a Chinese kamikaze ‘bomber’ drone is shot down
Footage shows Russian fighter jet which ‘clips the propellor’ of the US drone and attempts to ‘wash fuel into the engine’ before it crashes
“Russia, which is seizing its territories. Russia, which is killing its people. And Russia, which is abducting Ukrainian children.
“Therefore, either Ukraine will defend its independence today, or we will have to enter this conflict.
“Because our main values, which were the basis of our civilization and our culture will be threatened.
“Therefore, we will have no choice but to enter the conflict.”
Poland are now preparing for war with Russia as they share a 535 kilometre border with Ukraine and Russia’s new offensive is of concern for Warsaw.
Since the war started on 24 February 2022 more than 8 million Ukrainians have entered Poland for safety.
Poland have modernised their army and have boosted their spending on defence by up to 4% in GDP for 2023, which is the highest amongst all NATO countries.
Paweł Jabłoński, the Polish deputy minister for foreign affairs warned, “If we don’t support Ukraine now, there will be new targets for Putin.”
Jabłoński added, “A Russian politician recently suggested that Russia should ‘denazify’ six more countries after Ukraine, including Poland.
“What we do now, we do out of solidarity and in support of the victims.”
Łukasz Jankowski, a political journalist who covers the Polish Parliament said, “The opinion throughout Polish society is that if Russia succeeds in Ukraine by claiming territory, whether in Kherson or Zaporizhzhia, there will be the next war, and another after that…
“The feeling is that our basic safety and our independence will be in danger if Russia wins.”
Jankowski also spoke about their strong fears that Moscow will combine territories that they illegally capture from Ukraine and “create a government like the one in Minsk,” the capital of Belarus.
After the fall of the Soviet Union which then led to the break up, in 1997 the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an international treaty for a union between the countries.
Despite both Belarus and Russia being independent Lukashenko has been a fierce supporter of Putin and there are fears that Moscow have their sights set on the Baltic States.
Jankowski said, “This war is not over the territory of Ukraine but over the independence of Eastern Europe.
“That is why we must support Ukraine and there should not be any limits to this help.”