Mateusz Morawiecki (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo)
The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has paraphrased former United States President Ronald Reagan to warn that “the Empire of evil has been reborn”, in a clear allusion to Russia, whom he accuses of threatening not only Ukraine or Europe, but “to all the free world.”
“Russian barbarians threaten not only Ukraine. They are threatening all of Europe and the entire free world. This is not a mere incident, nor a coincidence, nor a manic impulse,” Morawiecki said on his Twitter profile, where he accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having built “his evil empire for 23 years.”
“The new Europe understands this. It is now time for old Europe to understand this too”, the Polish prime minister stated on his official profile on the social network Twitter, once again adopting the conservative American discourse, which refers to the states formerly under Soviet influence as ‘new Europe’.
Morawiecki is visiting the United States, where he has met with Vice President Kamala Harris and has visited the Lockheed Martin plant, a US company specializing in the aerospace and arms industry and responsible for manufacturing combat aircraft such as the F-16 .
The term ‘Evil Empire’ was used for the first time by former President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), who referred in those terms to the Soviet Union, led at that time by Yuri Andropov, at a time when relations between Washington and Moscow were especially tense in the context of the Cold War.
Mariusz Blaszczak (REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
On the other hand, the Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, also visited this Wednesday a training camp for Polish and American soldiers in Polish territory, where Abrams tanks, manufactured in the United States, are also used, according to the Polish agency PAP.
In this context, Blaszczak has reported that the vice president of the company in charge of manufacturing Abrams main battle tanks has recently visited Warsaw, where both discussed the possibility of establishing a service center for these tanks.
“We are on the right track to achieve industrial cooperation with the tank manufacturer Abrams (…) It is mainly about servicing Polish Abrams, but potentially also other European countries that are interested in buying them,” he said.
Poland will progressively receive a total of 116 Abrams M1A1 model tanks over the next few months, until February 2024.
(With information from EP)
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