- The president also announced that he would press the White House to invite Ukraine to NATO at next year’s summit in Washington.
- Commenting on the NATO summit in Vilnius and the issue of Ukraine’s future in NATO, Duda admitted that he hoped Ukraine would receive more specific arrangements.
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During a conversation with conservative publicist Marek Thiessen, Duda was asked, among other things, why the American right — some of whom oppose aid to Ukraine — should support his cause.
– It’s very easy. Right now, Russian imperialism can be stopped cheaply, because American soldiers will not die,” Duda replied. As he added, Vladimir Putin’s dream of reclaiming the territory of the Russian Empire must be stopped now, “to prevent it from happening like World War I and World War II, where American soldiers had to bleed and sacrifice their lives in Europe. Restore peace and freedom to the world.”
The president noted that he is not afraid of a Republican victory in the 2024 elections because “there is no doubt that the United States fully understands the threat posed by Russian imperialism.”
President Duda: Ukrainians need more help
When asked if Ukraine has enough weapons to change the current situation in Ukraine, thanks to the help of Western countries, including Poland, the Ukrainians now have more modern equipment than Russia, the answer was “probably not”.
“We know this by the fact that they are not currently capable of launching a spectacular offensive against the Russian army. In short, they still need help,” the Polish president said.
Duda refers, among other things, to the issue of Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons. He said he did not think the Kremlin would take such a step. – I believe that nuclear weapons in Russia are under the collective control of many people – not just in Putin’s power. So it needs more than one person to decide,” the President said.
Duda on NATO summit: I expect more
Commenting on the NATO summit in Vilnius and the issue of Ukraine’s future in NATO, Duda admitted that he hoped Ukraine would receive more specific arrangements and an invitation. However, he added that he wants to put pressure on the US administration to ensure that Kiev receives an invitation to next year’s summit in Washington.
“It’s not a question of whether Putin and other Russian leaders will one day stop wanting to rule Ukraine. They want to rule the world. The question is, should you let them? (…) I don’t think we can let them. We can tolerate forced border changes in Europe. The President said no.
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