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Russia unlikely to attack NATO country: Polish president

20.05.2022 09:30
Poland’s president has said that the likelihood of Russia attacking a NATO country is "very small.” 
Polands President Andrzej Duda (R) and the US ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski (L).
Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) and the US ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski (L).PAP/Artur Reszko

Andrzej Duda made the assessment in an interview posted online on Thursday evening, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The president was asked by the polskatimes.pl website if Russia posed a threat to Poland after Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. 

'Potential threat still exists'

Duda replied: “A potential threat still exists, of course, but let’s bear in mind that Poland hosts more than 10,000 soldiers from the world’s biggest army.”

He pointed out that "Poland also has American infrastructure, heavy weaponry and the Patriot anti-ballistic missile system.”

'Sacred commitment’ to collective NATO defence

Duda noted that US President Joe Biden emphasised the NATO alliance’s “sacred commitment” to collective defence during a visit to Poland in March.   

“If any NATO country, including Poland, was assaulted, the alliance’s response would be immediate and firm,” Duda also said in the interview.

Likelihood of NATO country being attacked ‘very small’

“The likelihood of anybody, including Russia, daring to attack a NATO country, risking a conflict with the Atlantic Alliance … is very small,” he added.

Friday is day 86 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAPpolskatimes.pl