Poland has slapped down French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent charm offensive to Eastern Europe amid suspicion in Warsaw that France is prepared to sell out Ukrainian territory in a peace deal with Russia.
The fresh Polish criticism of Mr Macron comes just days after the French leader offered an olive branch to the countries of NATO’s Eastern flanks, openly admitting the region’s concerns over Russia had been ignored.
Attacking both the French and German response to Putin’s barbaric war, Polish diplomat Jacek Saryusz-Wolski told Express.co.uk: “There is a huge appetite for freezing the conflict although not openly admitted.
“I think all the dreams of Macron and Scholz are to have peace at the prize of giving up part of the territory of Ukraine and to have the frozen conflict as you know which could last for decades.
“[Macron] says nice things, he is a master of lies but he does not intend to listen now.”
The country’s former Minister of Defence, Dr Jan Parys, also expressed concern at what he described as a “naïve” French and German response to Russian aggression.
Dr Parys told Express.co.uk: “I had negative thoughts listening to the last comment by France’s President, he stated that countries of the EU’s eastern flanks are ‘too well armed’ and maybe they should disarm.
“Two years ago he stated that NATO was brain dead, I believe that France’s President does not understand the current situation.”
He added: “Politicians in France are rather naive when it comes to understanding Russian politics.”
In weeks following the invasion, the Polish Government led criticism of Mr Macron for continuing to speak with Putin.
Poland, a leading military supporter of Ukraine, was also enraged by Mr Macron’s suggestion that Russia should not be left “humiliated” by the outcome of the war in Ukraine.
France has proved less willing to supply Ukraine with military aid compared to that sent by the likes of Poland and the UK.
However, France remains the fourth source of aid to Ukraine including financial and humanitarian as well as military.
Mr Macron told the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum on Wednesday: “War is far from over but one thing is clear: Ukraine won’t be conquered. We can see that what was supposed to be a ‘special operation’ is already a geopolitical failure.”
On France’s past failure to heed warnings from Eastern Europe at Putin’s ambitions, he said: “Some said you had missed an opportunity to shut up. I think we also lost an opportunity to listen to you. This time is over.”
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