The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin that his troops would be confronted by 40 million Poles standing with “gun in hand to protect their motherland” if at all they attempted to invade Warsaw.
Morawiecki made an announcement of funding “a firing range in every town,” of which, there are 2,477 across the nation, as he addressed the opening event of an air-gun shooting range in Silesia.
Meanwhile, Mateusz Morawiecki noted, “If Russia ever had the idea of attacking Poland, Russia must know, the Kremlin must know, that in Poland, there are 40 million Poles ready to stand with a gun in hand to defend their motherland.”
He claimed that the long peace period had ended, possibly for several years, due to Russia’s ruthless, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Polish leader further added emphatically that the nation would not revert to its erstwhile state of captivity under Russian rule.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Poland has made an announcement plans to dramatically boost its defence budget, with Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski announcing before the lower house of parliament in March that the administration will spend 3% of GDP on defence by 2023.
The country’s Minister of Defense, Mariusz Bazczak, has disclosed about plans to purchase three more Kormoran II class destroyers as the country’s military modernization and development programme continues.
Unline Ukraine, Poland is protected as a NATO member by the organization’s collective defence, which sees an assault on any NATO member as an attack on all. Earlier last month, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promised Poland that if Russia decided to invade the nation, NATO would come to its rescue.
Meanwhile, on the 110th day of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Ukrainians formed a human chain around the European Commission headquarters in an attempt to persuade the EU to accept their country’s membership.