Russia and Poland: overcoming 20 years of distrust — RT Russia News
Russia-Poland relations: timeline. From the Polish-Muscovite War to Russia's ambassador to Nato, Dmitry Rogozin, accusing Radek Sikorski. After years of extremely tense relations, Russia and Poland are now seeking cooperation. Political analyst Irina Kobrinskaya shared her views. In fact, Poland perceives the threat from Russia's militarism and . a certain amount of leverage on the Ukrainian-Russian relationship, and.
Soviet Union Immediately after regaining independence inPoland was faced with a war with the new Bolshevik Russiawith the Polish—Soviet War eventually ending up with a Polish victory at Warsawspoiling Lenin 's plans of sending his Red Army west to spread the communist revolution.
Eventually a secret agreement with Nazi Germany allowed Germany and the Soviet Union to successfully invade and destroy the Second Republic in However, the Red Army stopped at the city limits and remained inactive there for several weeks. Also, the Soviet Union did not allow its Western Allies to use its nearby airports for airdrops into Warsaw for several weeks. This allowed the German forces to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance and causing betweenandcivilian deaths.
The tragic circumstances under which Poland's capital was liberated further strained the Polish—Russian relations. His armed forces were in occupation of the country, and his agents, the communists, were in control of its administration. The USSR was in the process of incorporating the lands in eastern Poland which it had occupied between andafter participating in the invasion and partition of Poland with Nazi Germany. You need to remember that this matter has several levels. First, the defense minister does not have the final say on the issue.
There are three parties: When the previous US administration wanted to set up missile defense installations in the Czech Republic and Poland, those installations were part of the US national security system. They prefer developing a joint missile defense system. Currently, we see some progress. There are some indications that the parties are ready to meet each other halfway. Military experts say that a joint missile defense system would be very instrumental in overcoming distrust and leaving behind the Cold War legacy.Feature History - Polish-Soviet War
Once the political decision to develop a joint missile defense system is made, experts can start working. Of course, technologically, this is a rather complicated project, and it will require some time. Also, it very well may lead to further disarmament in Europe—including tactical nuclear weapons, which are not covered by any of the existing treaties. And tactical missiles are exactly the kind of weapon that would pose a threat to Poland in case some conflict suddenly escalates.
So, logically speaking, Poland should support the idea of developing a joint missile defense system. And it seems to me that there is the political will to do so at the top level.
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He was detained in Poland in September but released the next day. Yet Poland says it will continue to consider extraditing him to Russia. First of all, he is already extradited.
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He is no longer in Poland. You know, this entire situation looks farcical. Zakayev, who was missing publicity, once again appeared on front pages. So, he got publicity. Russia got an opportunity to clearly declare its position. In other words, it demanded extradition and called Zakayev terrorist. At the same time, Russia had an opportunity to resolve this situation with Poland quietly, through diplomatic channels, without a scandal.
Poland, for its part, got an opportunity to show goodwill towards Russia. After all, it did detain Zakayev, if only for a day. So, each party scored some points without losing anything. I think Zakayev caused only a minor setback in the otherwise positive relationship. Chechnya was a big issue in Poland in the s and the early s.
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First of all, Poland is not Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe is Belarus and Ukraine. Since the October Socialist Revolution that brought down the autocratic Russian Empire, communist parties came to existence throughout Europe. After the war, Stalin needed to create a buffer zone around the European borders of the Soviet Union to provide a guaranteed defense against any further invasions into Soviet territory from the west.
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For the entire country, this idea received widely popular support. Having started the war not only totally unprepared militarily, the USSR was also seriously behind the West in technological and economic advancement. Byhowever, the Soviet flag was flying over the Reichstag, Soviet military power was admired and feared the world over, and the Soviet leadership was finally in a position to ensure that such a violent attack against the USSR would never happen again.
To create this buffer zone, Stalin needed the unquestioning political support of his western neighbors.
This especially included Poland, which has always been the gateway to invasions of Russia from the west. To get this needed political support, the Soviet Union assisted the existing communist parties to come to power throughout all of central Europe.
Within a few years, socialism and alliances with the Soviet Union had been established in the Soviet zone of Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, Romania, and, of course, Poland. This was a major change for these countries, most of which had been Western-oriented for quite a long time. To have their political, economic, and social influences now coming from the East, especially from "backwards" Russia, was quite a shock for the citizens of these new socialist territories.
For Poles especially, this was not a change that was going to be accepted willingly. Even though Poles and Russians are both Slavs, and practically neighbors, I already mentioned that Poland is Roman Catholic, and therefore Western-oriented, and Russia is Orthodox and Eastern-oriented. On top of the territorial disputes of the past, this created an environment hostile towards Russia, and especially the Soviet Union, in Poland.
For the Soviet Union, though, it was a guarantee of a stable western border, and most importantly - protection from the conquering armies of Western Europe.
Poles felt this "conquering" of their country by Russians, as well as the implimentation of socialism, which ran contrary to the established Western way of doing things, to be the ultimate indignity. Thus, Poles felt that they had lost even their homeland.