Biden’s speech in Warsaw shows that Russia must be pushed out of Ukraine and completely isolated, argues Polish news editor

An adequate security structure cannot be built by merely freezing the conflict in Ukraine, argues one Polish editor

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: TVP Info
President Joe Biden delivers a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the Royal Castle Gardens, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, in Warsaw. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

In Warsaw, President Joe Biden signaled that decisions are currently being taken that will influence the world decades into the future and lead to a reconstruction of global security, argued Tomasz Sakiewicz, the editor of Polish media outlet Gazeta Polska, during an appearance on public news channel TVP Info.

Sakiewicz was commenting on a line of Biden’s speech, where the president said, “The world is facing a critical moment and that decisions taken today will decide about the world’s future for decades ahead.”

Sakiewicz recalled how Biden, when he was last in Warsaw, said he aimed to limit Russian potential by half and said that month by month Russian potential was being steadily reduced. 

Sakiewicz said that although Russia still has its reserves, these are being whittled down and Russia is declining in military and economic terms. He was convinced that when Biden talked about decisions being taken today that will be felt decades into the future, the U.S. president did not have the supply of arms and tanks in mind, but a reconstruction of global security. 

According to Sakiewicz, an adequate security structure cannot be built by merely freezing the conflict in Ukraine. If peace is to last, far more radical changes are needed to ensure that waging such wars will be that much harder.

To achieve that, Russia must suffer much more than just being pushed out of Ukrainian territory. Russia will have to be isolated and its global influence diminished. 

Sakiewicz also observed that Putin’s plan to launch hybrid warfare on the border between Poland and Belarus by engineering a migration crisis has been stopped.

It was a plan to destabilize Poland with hundreds of thousands of culturally alien migrants, thereby making it that much harder for Poland to cope with refugees from Ukraine.

The liberal opposition wanted the migrants to be allowed through the border. If Poland had been weakened in such a manner, it would have struggled to lead the fight in helping Ukraine, said Sakiewicz. 

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