The meeting between Boris Johnson and Mateusz Morawiecki took place just as 350 British troops from the 45th Commando Royal Marines were starting their mission in Poland. The Brits have joined a hundred of their countrymen in Poland who arrived in Poland in November 2021 due to the crisis on the Belarusian border.
Morawiecki emphasized during the press conference that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political goal was to break NATO apart.
“That is why we must stay united,” said Polish prime minister.
“Any area in which imperial policy is a point of reference, anything can become a tool of aggression. Pipelines, the internet, migrants. We’re experiencing this today. When it comes to Nord Stream, we are calling on our German neighbors to as quickly as possible announce that Nord Stream 2 will not be used,” evaluated Morawiecki.
The Polish prime minister also pointed to cyberattacks, hacks, and the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border as examples of weapons which Poland’s Eastern neighbors were utilizing increasingly often.
Morawiecki added that Poland and the U.K. stood on the side of peace and security, and that only common policy could maintain that peace.
“It’s time for the West to wake up from its geopolitical nap. Our united voice is meant to lead to an awakening,” he declared.
Johnson said he believes that Poland played a crucial role in European security.
“The last 100 years have shown that if Poland is threatened by something, if it is threatened by aggression, if Polish borders or its stability are at risk, then it concerns us all in reality,” he said.
After the meeting, the two prime ministers went to the headquarters of the 1st Warsaw Armored Brigade named after Tadeusz Kościuszko to inspect British troops.