Poland is anxious about Trump’s pledge to pit Russia against NATO countries

11.02.2024, Warsaw.

US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s promise “to encourage” Russia to take any action against countries that fail to fulfill their NATO obligations angered Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, as he wrote on February 11 on social network X (Twitter).

“‘I will encourage Russia to attack NATO countries.” Perhaps this is an appropriate topic for the Cabinet Council, Mr. President?” Tusk wrote, addressing Polish President Andrzej Duda. The prime minister reminded the Polish president of his words in Africa that he believed Trump’s promise to end the conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible.

“If President Donald Trump promised me something, it was kept. He keeps his word, if he says something, he takes it seriously,” Andrzej Duda said in Rwanda. Tusk hinted that, in that case, Trump’s promise to blackmail NATO debtors with the threat of a Russian attack should also be taken seriously.

Other members of the Polish government also reacted to Trump’s statement. “No election campaign is an excuse for playing with Alliance security,” said Polish Defense Ministry head Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz.

He was echoed by Marcin Kirwinski, head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration. He said that Trump “directly calls for handing Europe over to Putin.”

Earlier during a rally in South Carolina, Trump described his conversation with one of the leaders of NATO states, but did not name him, “one of the presidents of a big country” at one point asked him whether the US would still defend the country if they were invaded by Russia even if they “don’t pay.”

“No, I would not protect you,” Trump recalled telling that president. “In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You got to pay. You got to pay your bills.”

President Andrzej Duda announced the convening of the Cabinet on February 13. According to him, he wants to talk to government representatives in particular: about the future of investments such as the Central Communications Port or the nuclear power plant.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency