Europe should prepare for looming conflict, Donald Tusk warns

Europe should prepare for looming conflict, Donald Tusk warns

The Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, says Europe is getting into a “prewar” period, cautioning that the continent will not be prepared and urging European nations to step up defence funding.

In an interview with a bunch of European newspapers reported by the BBC, Tusk stated: “I don’t need to scare anybody, however conflict is now not an idea from the previous. It’s actual and it began over two years in the past.”

Tusk’s feedback got here days after a Russian missile briefly breached Polish airspace throughout a significant assault on Ukraine, prompting Warsaw to place its forces on heightened readiness. Ukrainian officers have stated large-scale Russian missile and drone assaults had focused vitality infrastructure.

Tusk has been utilizing his platform to attempt to add a way of urgency to Europe’s debates about defence and support to Ukraine, amid fears about the way forward for American help and issues about defence industrial capability.

“True solidarity with Ukraine? Much less phrases, extra ammunition,” he wrote on social media earlier this month.

In one other put up, he addressed Mike Johnson, the speaker of the US Home of Representatives. “What number of extra arguments do you should take a call?” he wrote.

The Polish prime minister stated that whatever the end result of the US election this 12 months, Europe would turn out to be a extra enticing accomplice for Washington if it grew to become extra self-sufficient militarily.

He referred to as for pressing help for Kyiv, saying the subsequent two years of the conflict would determine every thing and that “we live in essentially the most important second for the reason that finish of the second world conflict”.

What was most worrying was that “actually any situation is feasible,” Tusk stated. “I do know it sounds devastating, particularly to folks of the youthful era, however we now have to mentally get used to the arrival of a brand new period. The prewar period,” he stated.

He added that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had blamed Kyiv for the assault on Moscow’s Crocus Metropolis Corridor with none proof and “evidently feels the necessity to justify more and more violent assaults on civil targets in Ukraine”.

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Tusk, who was prime minister between 2007 and 2014 and returned to workplace in December, is a veteran politician who has beforehand served as president of the European Council and chief of the centre-right European Folks’s occasion. He has sought to enhance Warsaw’s standing within the EU and the transatlantic alliance.

In a latest social media put up, he wrote: “The postwar epoch is gone. We live in new occasions: in a prewar epoch. Because of this Nato and solidarity between Europe and America are extra essential than ever earlier than.”

In his feedback this week, Tusk underscored the significance of cooperation between Poland, Germany and France, a format referred to as the Weimar Triangle. Whereas there have been tensions up to now months between Warsaw and Kyiv over Ukrainian meals imports, he has labored to attempt to easy over variations.

“Even the closest of pals have conflicting pursuits and viewpoints at occasions,” the Polish chief stated in a press convention this week alongside his Ukrainian counterpart. The discussions ended “with a good deeper conviction that no pressure on the planet, neither in Ukraine nor Poland, may undermine their friendship”, he stated.

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