The recent move in support of Ukraine that Putin’s ally warned could spark WWIII

Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev issued yet another warning to Ukraine’s allies.

In an article he penned for Rossiyskaya Gazeta, a newspaper serving as the official gazette of the Russian government, Mr Medvedev argued Poland’s support to its invaded neighbour may trigger clashes with Russia and Belarus.

Mr Medvedev, who succeeded Vladimir Putin as president of Russia between 2008 and 2012, wrote: “Poland’s own military buildup and Polish military presence in Ukraine may trigger a direct confrontation between Warsaw and Belarus and Russia.

“In this case, the allied group will give an appropriate response to prevent threats that stem from the evil ambitions of the Polish establishment.”

Mr Medvedev, who is the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, added this situation could soon escalate, given Warsaw is part of NATO, and members of the military alliance are committed to react whenever an armed attack is committed against one of its states.

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He continued: “Poland’s reckless actions, if rashly supported by its NATO allies, may have far-reaching dangerous consequences for the entire world.

“And then Poland will fulfil the role of ‘the hyena of Europe’ that unleashed World War III.”

In his article, Mr Medveded went as far as to accuse Poland of supporting Ukraine only because it wants to ensure “total dominance in the region by establishing control over the states located between Warsaw and Moscow”.

Since the war in Ukraine erupted following the Kremlin’s invasion order in early 2022, Poland has been one of the countries to provide the fiercest support to Kyiv.

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Between late January 2022, weeks before the Russian invasion, and September, Poland delivered to Ukraine military, financial and humanitarian aid worth around £3.71billion (€4.27bn), according to the Kiel Institute’s Ukraine Support Tracker.

Moreover, given its proximity to Ukraine, Poland has been one of the nations to welcome the largest number of war refugees, particularly in the first weeks of conflict.

While the relations between Warsaw and Kyiv soured in mid-September over the issue of grain imports, the victory of the coalition led by Donald Tusk in the recent elections in Poland will likely see a positive reset of the rapport with Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Tensions between Poland and Belarus – Russia’s closest ally in eastern Europe – ramped up in late June, after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko welcomed into his country Wagner Group mercenaries.

Amid fears of members of the group infiltrating Poland, Warsaw beefed up its border with Belarus.

In August, more Polish troops were sent to the border after Warsaw accused two Belarusian choppers of breaching its airspace.

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