Polish President Slams Other European Leaders for Talking With Putin

Duda criticized Germany for not replacing tanks Poland sent to Ukraine

Polish President Andrzej Duda slammed the leaders of Germany and France over their phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Duda likened the calls to speaking with Hitler during World War II.

“Did anyone speak like this with Adolf Hitler during World War II?” Duda said. The Polish leader’s comments came after French President Emmanuel Macron drew fresh criticism for warning against “humiliating” Russia and calling for a negotiated solution to end the fighting in Ukraine.

“Did anyone say that Adolf Hitler must save face? That we should proceed in such a way that it is not humiliating for Adolf Hitler? I have not heard such voices,” Duda said.

Poland has been a major supporter of Ukraine in its war against Russia and sent about 240 Soviet-era tanks to Kyiv. Germany said it would replace Poland’s tanks, but Duda said the German tanks haven’t come.

“As far as I know we’ve received nothing at all,” Duda said. “We gave our tanks away and now we have nothing at all in their place.” The Polish leader criticized German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his reluctance to send heavy weapons into Ukraine.

Poland’s issues with Germany and France represent a split between NATO nations on how much support to give Ukraine in its war.

The US, Britain, Poland, the Baltic States, and other Eastern European nations have discouraged diplomacy with Moscow and favor sending more advanced weaponry into the war zone. Germany, France, and Italy have been calling for negotiations and are more reluctant to pour arms into Ukraine.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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