Putin Ally Medvedev Warns Poland of Grave Consequences

November 3, 2023

Medvedev's rhetoric was stark. "We will treat Poland precisely as a historical enemy," he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and former Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev are seen at a meeting with the government, in Moscow, Russia on January 15, 2020. Photo by Anadolu Images.


ormer Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, now holding the position of deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, issued a strong warning to NATO member state Poland. In an expansive 8,000-word article on Russian-Polish relations, Medvedev labeled Poland as a “dangerous enemy” and hinted at serious consequences if Poland continues its current course.

The warning comes amid the backdrop of escalating tensions in the region. The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has already strained relations between Poland, which supports Ukraine, and Moscow. Poland’s accusations against Russia, pointing to its attempts to destabilize Ukraine through disinformation campaigns and espionage, have further heightened the animosity.

“A historical enemy”

Medvedev’s rhetoric in the article was stark. He stated, “We will treat Poland precisely as a historical enemy,” emphasizing that if there is no potential for reconciliation, Russia’s stance would be firm and unyielding. He reminded Poland of historical instances where their ambitions led to dire consequences.

The statements have drawn attention from the international community, with many awaiting an official response from Poland. As of now, there has been no comment from the Polish side regarding Medvedev’s remarks.

“Stalin’s gift to Poles”

However, these comments are not isolated. Russian President Vladimir Putin, earlier in July 2023, made controversial remarks about Poland’s western territories, referring to them as “Stalin’s gift to Poles.” Putin further alluded to Poland’s alleged intentions towards Ukraine’s western territories and warned against any “expansionist plans.”

The situation remains precarious, with both sides showcasing firm stances. Observers and diplomats see these developments as an indication of the prevailing mindset at the highest echelons of Kremlin leadership. The international community watches closely, hoping for de-escalation and a return to diplomatic dialogue.

The fire of war is being strenuously kindled

Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his apprehensions over the proposed formation of a joint Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military group. He stated that while the purported objective of this collaboration is to ensure the security of Ukraine’s western territories, the real intent might be more expansionist in nature.

Drawing on historical precedents, Putin pointed out that during Russia’s civil war in 1917, Poland had annexed some of Russia’s historical regions. He also mentioned the participation of part of Lithuania, the Vilen Krai, in the partitioning of Czechoslovakia, facilitated by the Munich agreement with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1938.

The Russian president warned, “The fire of war is being strenuously kindled.” He attributed this escalation to the West’s encouragement of some Eastern European states’ anti-Russian sentiments. Putin described the intense Russophobia exhibited by these states as both a major export and a tool for domestic policy. He further commented that these nations might be looking to capitalize on the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

Expanding on his concerns regarding the joint military group, Putin remarked, “After all, the prospect is obvious – if Polish units enter, for example, Lviv or other territories of Ukraine, then they will remain there. And they will remain forever.” Such statements underline Russia’s suspicions regarding Poland and Lithuania’s intentions towards Ukraine and highlight the increasing geopolitical tensions in the region.

The formation of this military group and the associated concerns signify the complexities of the European political landscape, with historical events playing a role in shaping contemporary perspectives and actions.

Sources: Reuters, Anadolu Agency and the Economic Times

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