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Putin tells Poland any aggression against Belarus is attack on Russia

Published Jul 21, 2023 04:21PM ET Updated Jul 22, 2023 05:10AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Novatek-Murmansk's Offshore Superfacility Construction Center in the village of Belokamenka, Murmansk region, Russia July 20, 2023. Sputnik/Ramil Sitdikov/Kremlin via REUTERS/file photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) -President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused NATO member Poland of having territorial ambitions in the former Soviet Union, and said any aggression against Russia's neighbour and close ally Belarus would be considered an attack on Russia.

Moscow would react to any aggression against Belarus, which forms a loose "Union State" with Russia, "with all the means at our disposal", Putin told a meeting of his Security Council in televised remarks.

Warsaw's Security Committee decided on Wednesday to move military units to eastern Poland after members of the Russian Wagner mercenary force arrived in Belarus, the state-run news agency PAP quoted its secretary as saying on Friday.

Poland denies any territorial ambitions in Belarus.

In his remarks Putin had also stated that the western part of Poland was a gift from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to the country and that Russia would remind Poles about it.

In apparent reference to that, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Friday evening that "Stalin was a war criminal, guilty of the death of hundreds of thousands of Poles. Historical truth is not debatable."

"The ambassador of the Russian Federation will be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs", he said.

On Thursday, Belarus said Wagner mercenaries had started to train Belarusian special forces at a military range just a few miles from the Polish border.

RUSSIA STAGING TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Russia has in recent weeks begun stationing tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus for the first time. The Kremlin said Putin would meet Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, with whom he speaks regularly, in Russia on Sunday.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said on Friday that Germany and NATO were prepared to support Poland in defending the military alliance's eastern flank.

Putin said there were press reports of plans for a Polish-Lithuanian unit to be used for operations in western Ukraine - parts of which in the past belonged to Poland - and ultimately to occupy territory there.

"It is well known that they also dream of the Belarusian lands," he said, also without providing any evidence.

On Wednesday, Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was shown in a video welcoming his fighters to Belarus, telling them they would take no further part for now in the war in Ukraine but ordering them to gather strength for Wagner's operations in Africa while they trained the Belarusian army.

Prigozhin says Wagner, which led the conquest of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, is Russia's most effective fighting force. But his frequent clashes with the Moscow defence establishment led him to stage an armed mutiny four weeks ago.

The insurrection ended with an agreement that Wagner fighters - many recruited from prison - could move to Belarus if they wished.

Putin tells Poland any aggression against Belarus is attack on Russia
 

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Charles Manson
Charles Manson Jul 22, 2023 6:51PM ET
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And yes .... All of those grain shipments halted along with the port of Odessa getting bombed, some of you Woke Dweebs on Biden's side need to move over to Corn Tortillas for awhile. No more Bagels and Wheatties for a few years. Putin Rocks! Tactical Nukes anyone? GaaaBooom!
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Jul 22, 2023 6:30PM ET
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My money is on Putin. Maxi Pad needs to know what is really happening in Europe. The Germans, Poles, Italians, French ... Etc will not fight. With our own Military in WOKE mode, we will lose if we move on Russia. Bet on it. Later, Rufus.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Jul 22, 2023 1:56PM ET
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the day putler gets a bullet in his evil little skull will be celebrated around the world.
Douglas Vince
Douglas Vince Jul 22, 2023 11:30AM ET
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I look forward to seeing the Belarus military reaction once they realized they are at war with NATO on Putins orders.... I am sure some of the smarter military generals have already figured out that launching nukes from THEIR territory might not be the best of ideas ....
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Jul 22, 2023 10:09AM ET
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Russia will Win the War in Ukraine and along with Belarus, invade Poland. NATO will do nothing but lodge a complaint win the UN. "To Defeat an Adversary, You must always Drive the Fight, Be willing to do that which is never expected". Later, Rufus.
Max Initio
Max Initio Jul 22, 2023 10:09AM ET
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War is very bad for RU and EU. Winners are US and China so far. Surely not RU not Balarus. RU already lost.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Jul 22, 2023 10:09AM ET
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rufus the dufus spewing m(oronic) nonsense yet again
Otis Grant
Otis Grant Jul 22, 2023 7:24AM ET
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We will wipe putin from the face of the earth
Ram Chandak
Ram Chandak Jul 22, 2023 7:24AM ET
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wash out NATO
Joseph Oludele
Joseph Oludele Jul 22, 2023 5:58AM ET
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I pray their would be no breakout of another war. Because this how started with Ukraine. Putin need to be cautioned by the Russian. If he believe he can face, someone should remind him about the second world war.
 
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