Polish Foreign Minister's Warning to the US

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.23 - 2024 9:31 AM CET

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Polish Foreign Minister warns that not approving over $60 billion in US aid to Ukraine could weaken global alliances and lead some countries to consider developing their own nuclear weapons.

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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has issued a stark warning to the United States, stating the "profound consequences" that could arise if Congress does not approve over $60 billion in aid to Ukraine.

According to Bloomberg, Sikorski said "If the supplemental doesn’t go through, and US allies are disappointed and get the idea that the United States might not be able to deliver help even if the commander-in-chief wants to help you, that would have profound consequences for America’s global alliance."

He further cautioned that some countries might reconsider their security strategies, including possibly pursuing their own nuclear capabilities.

Europe's Efforts and NATO's Stability

While EU countries are working to provide Ukraine with ammunition, they face delays in reaching their goal of sending 1 million shells by the end of the year.

Sikorski noted that Europe is nearing an annual production capacity of about 850,000 shells.

He criticized Donald Trump's suggestions that Russia should target NATO countries falling short on defense spending. Sikorski mentioned that Poland spends more than 3% of its GDP on defense, surpassing NATO's expectations.

Sikorski also spoke about how Poland supported the US after the 9/11 attacks, showing the strong bond within NATO, which is about more than just transactions.

"Poland sent a brigade to Ghazni, a tough province in Afghanistan — and we didn’t send an invoice to Washington. A military alliance is not a neighbourhood security company," he added.

This was a way to show the difference from Trump's controversial views, which caused worry among NATO countries and led Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's Secretary General, to call for staying united and keeping the alliance strong.

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