Die Zeit: even if “brain dead” — Poland will hold NATO to the last

Die Zeit: даже если «мозг мёртв» — Польша будет держаться за НАТО до последнего

In matters of national security Poland focuses not on its European partners and the Americans, writes Die Zeit. Warsaw does not support the plans of Germany and France to create a unified army in Europe, and insists on maintaining its financial obligations to the Alliance. And this strategy, Poland has adhered since the end of the cold war, tells the German edition.

If the brain would NATO really was dead, as stated by the President of France Emmanuel macron, Poland would not have enabled to disable the Alliance from the ventilator, writes Die Zeit. The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki said: “NATO has been and remains the most important Alliance on the Ground, which helps to preserve freedom and peace.”He criticized Him for his words: “he Expressed a doubt make other members of the Alliance to wonder whether the interest of France in maintaining NATO.” Moravicki convinced that the problems of the Alliance do not blame the head of the White house Donald trump, and some European countries, neglecting their financial obligations to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP. “The US has always supported Europe. Without the help of the US Europe would never have been freed from the Nazis” — said the Prime Minister. Today we are dealing with a “very aggressive Russia”, he added.”NATO or death” — these three words is the strategy of Warsaw. And she did not appear with the coming to power of national-conservative party “law and justice”, the newspaper notes. Joining the Alliance was the Warsaw is a priority goal since the end of the cold war. Not accidentally, Poland became a NATO member in 1999, ahead of the EU enlargement to the East for five years.Visit of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda in Washington shows how poles betrayed the Alliance and the United States. The head of state came to agree with trump on the building of new permanent military base in their country. According to the Founding act of the Russia — NATO from 1997, it is prohibited, but after the “annexation“in Crimea, Warsaw hoped that Washington will change your mind. Duda even tried to tempt his American counterpart flattery, proposed to call the database by its name, but it didn’t help. Trump not only refused his request, but later cancelled his trip to the Polish capital to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second world war.In Warsaw was very disappointed with the failure. But this did not prevent the authorities of the country in a few days to negotiate with the “American friends” about the purchase of 32 F-35 fighter. Poland is one of the most reliable clients of the us voenproma, the newspaper notes. The procurement list is very long: there are satellites, helicopters of naval aviation and air defense systems.To the European partners in NATO Warsaw is completely different, especially France and Germany, Die Zeit continues. Three years ago Warsaw without telling anybody, refused the purchase of 50 French helicopters, what provoked the scandal. CEO of Airbus Tom Enders felt cheated and outraged. Francois Hollande, who was then President of France, has canceled a planned visit to Warsaw. But the Polish government remained adamant and even began to lead Americans to more intense negotiations.And it didn’t stop there. When in 2018 the German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated the creation of a single European army, Moravicki quickly and loudly distanced itself from its plans. In General he supported the idea, but said: To create a strong European army, we need to increase our military spending. The Germans spend only 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense.” In other words: until Germany and other EU countries postpone a question on increase of defense spending, a unified European army is for Warsaw “something out of science fiction“. So that in matters of national security poles will continue to rely on the American-led NATO.

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