- Macron admitted several times that the Polish people felt "abandonment" and "humiliation" through the fault of Western Europe.
- Macron also emphasized the importance of Russia on the European continent.
- After Brexit, Paris sees Warsaw as a potential military ally, however, it also wants to maintain relations with Moscow.
Emmanuel Macron wants to find a new friend in Poland, but he is not going to abandon his ties with Russia. The French President tried to accomplish this difficult task during his two-day visit to Warsaw, where he showed caution and did not criticize the country’s government for a rollback from democracy. Macron also tried to recruit Poland as a military ally, but emphasized the need to maintain relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During his first visit to Poland since being elected president in 2017, Macron admitted several times that the Polish people felt “abandonment” and “humiliation” through the fault of Western Europe at various points in recent history. Macron took a noticeably more conciliatory and understanding tone than at the very beginning of his presidency.
In addition, Macron fully supported Warsaw in its strange dispute with the Kremlin, which tried to accuse Poland of unleashing World War II in 1939. Russia argues the Soviet Union’s nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany, and its coordinated invasion of Poland that year, were at least partially justified. Macron strongly condemned “all attempts to falsify” history and called Russia’s desire to accuse the Polish people of starting a war “a highly political project.” It has become real music for the ears of Poles, who are trying to resist the propaganda campaign of Russia.
However, Macron also emphasized the importance of Russia on the European continent and emphasized that its interaction with Moscow made it possible to achieve very concrete results in the process of resolving the crisis in Ukraine through negotiations in the Minsk and Norman formats. Russia illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, and continues to provide military assistance to the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
In an increasingly unstable world where the United States behaves unpredictably and China’s power continues to grow, Macron called for the creation of a “new architecture of trust and security” in Europe that would include Russia. The states of Central Europe, which until 1989 were part of the orbit of Moscow, treat this position with a misunderstanding.
At dinner on February 3, Macron listened very carefully and made notes, while some of the most famous Polish pro-democracy activists of the Soviet Era expressed their disagreement with his policy towards Russia. They also condemned the actions of the ruling Law and Justice party, calling them an offensive attack on the rule of law, civil rights, and minority rights. They asked for more significant support from the European Union.
But even in such an environment, when his Polish interlocutors spoke again about the trauma inflicted on them in Soviet times, and about the continuing threat that they feel from Russia, Macron did not yield. He again repeated all that he said in his speeches and interviews regarding his policy towards Russia.
Macron, who said last year that NATO was brain dead in the era of Donald Trump, is trying to find a new geopolitical balance for the European Union that would allow this bloc to be less dependent on America. This requires good relations with Russia, as well as the strengthening of the European defense system. This becomes particularly relevant after Brexit, since the United Kingdom has remained a member of the NATO alliance, but is no longer part of the European Union and, therefore, cannot be part of its defense initiatives.