Komorowski supported sanctions, lost election

From Fort Russ

May 24, 2015
Supported Sanctions–Lost Election
By Rujournalist
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

Bronislaw Komorowski admitted defeat in the second round of Poland’s presidential elections. We wave and smile. The country’s next president will become the conservative Andrzej Duda.

What’s symptomatic is that Komorowski supported sanctions and underestimated the consequences of the retaliatory embargo and thus lost the election. Now he can eat an apple or two.

The first head has rolled, Europe’s population absolutely does not need an economic war with Russia.

Something tells me Gribauskaite and her Russophobia will be the next to go eat cheese.

J.Hawk’s Comment:This is a stunner and, frankly, a minor political earthquake for all of EU. Even in January Komorowski seemed unbeatable. A Polish political pundit famously said that to lose the election, “Komorowski would need to run over a pregnant Catholic nun while drunk.” Well, close enough! But it’s not just the sanctions and apples. Komorowski can also thank his Kiev Bandera-worshipping “partners and friends” for the untimely demise of his political career. The tide of the Polish public opinion turned very sharply against Ukraine in the last few months (“you can’t fool all the people all the time”), and Komorowski paid the price…

As to Duda, he is as Russophobic as his predecessor, if not more so (he believes, for example, that Putin had the Polish president Kaczynski murdered by staging a plane crash in Smolensk in 2010…), but at the same time he is a Euroskeptic similar Hungary’s Viktor Orban and he enjoys extensive support by Poland’s Catholic Church which is, well, you can imagine. But Russophobia and Euroskepticism can’t happily coexist, not in the Polish state, at any rate, so very soon Duda will have to make a choice. And ultimately Duda’s politics are actually closer to Putin’s (when it comes to the fundamental beliefs concerning sovereignty, national security, and basic human values) than to EU’s.

Poland launches $42-billion war buildup

Sofia News Agency
February 16, 2015
Poland Embarks on Massive Spending to Overhaul Military Hardware

NATO member Poland, bordering conflict-torn Ukraine, has earmarked a whopping EUR 33.6 B in spending to modernise its armed forces.

The plans will bring Poland in line with NATO’s recommended defense spending target of 2% of gross domestic product, AFP said on Monday.

The planned overhaul over a decade calls for the purchase of new military hardware including anti-aircraft systems, an anti-missile system as well as combat drones, armored personnel carriers and submarines.

Poland’s shopping list also includes helicopters and cruise missiles for submarines and drones.

According to Polish officials, “the risk of the conflict in eastern Ukraine heating up remains” even though a ceasefire agreement between the government in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists was signed last week in Belarus’ capital Minsk.

“The possibility of a lasting peace still isn’t close,” AFP quoted Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski as saying last week.

Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said last week that Poland was drawing up a long-term plan to shift some of its military strength towards its eastern border, closer to Ukraine and Russia, in response to Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine.