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 Poland expresses growing concern that Russia may engage militarily against it, Foreign Minister Waszczykowski says

Russia has recently engaged militarily against its neighbors while Poland may become one of the victims of this aggression.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said delivering a speech at Dublin-based Institute of International and European Relations during his visit to Ireland, Censor.NET reports citing РАР via Ukrinform.

According to Waszczykowski, Poland is now looking at the East with a growing concern as Russia may again take the path of aggression and building a new empire while Polish people may once again become its victim.

In this context, he recalled the events in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. The minister expressed conviction that these developments demonstrated that Russia was ready to engage militarily against its neighboring sovereign states.

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According to the Polish diplomat, the Russian Federation has capability and desire to hit targets remote from its borders. In this context, he recalled the events in Syria and cyberattacks during the presidential election campaign in the United States.

However, Waszczykowski said Poland was not unambiguously hostile to Russia, but on the contrary, it wanted Russia to be a stable and predictable state acting in line with the international law.

The Polish official emphasized the important role of NATO as a guarantor of security in Europe, including Poland.

Waszczykowski said that the accession of Ireland, Sweden, and Finland to NATO would be desirable from a strategic point of view.

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