Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, wrote that the protection of Poland’s independence is important both for future generations of Poles and the entire North Atlantic Alliance.
“We care about Poland’s independence as we feel responsible for future generations of Poles,” Morawiecki wrote in an article published by the Argentinian Gaceta Mercantil portal as part of the “We Are Telling the World about Poland” project.
“As the leader on NATO’s easter flank, Poland protects the entire organization. Western countries can count on Poland today, just as they could one hundred years ago,” he said.
Morawiecki wrote that there was a striking similarity between the Polish struggle for independence with the fight being conducted by Ukraine today.
“Putin’s propaganda machine is also trying to prove that Ukraine does not exist as an independent state and that, de facto, there is no such thing as a Ukrainian nation,” the prime minister continued, adding that, in 1920, when the Red Army invaded Poland and had nearly reached Warsaw, Poland had been described as “a provisional state” by Germany’s propaganda.
“In February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, nobody believed that the latter could win. Its fate, like Poland’s a century before, appeared to be sealed. And yet this, too, has proved not to be the case,” Morawiecki said.
“The experiences of Poland and Ukraine alike demonstrate that history is not a trap from which one cannot escape and that even the power of a mighty state must take seriously the power of a nation, which desires freedom,” he wrote.
The article was published as part of a “We Are Telling the World about Poland” project carried out by the New Media Institute in cooperation with the Institute of National Remembrance, the Foreign Ministry and the Polish Press Agency PAP. The whole article is available here.