The German Chancellor spent last month being beastly to the Poles, on the assumption that Poland needs the EE and Germany more than vice-versa. Now Poland is the only buffer between Putin’s tank armies and Germany, that doesn’t seem so smart.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has sent a chilling message of defiance to the West, effectively tearing up a vital Cold War treaty designed to guarantee peace in Europe…
Mr Putin signed a decree suspending Moscow’s participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, a move that will allow Russia to mass tanks on Europe’s border for the first time in 15 years.
A Russian invasion of Western Europe won’t happen anytime soon.
But history is often driven by capabilities not intentions, and the Russian army will now position itself on Poland’s frontier.
Poland is quite poor, so not worth having. But Germany would be a real plumb for Russia – 80 million very competent, obedient and defenseless Germans would provide a great basis for the Russian economy when the oil runs out.
And now a disgruntled Poland is all that stands between Russia’s tank divisions and Germany.