Russia wanted Poland to get involved in the partition of Ukraine.
Radoslaw Sikorski, a former minister of foreign affairs of Poland and current speaker of the Sejm, said it to Politico Magazine.
“Putin wants Poland to commit troops to Ukraine. These were the signals they sent us. … We have known what they think for years,” Sikorski said. “This was one of the first things that Putin said to my prime minister, Donald Tusk, [soon to be President of the European Council] when he visited Moscow. He went on to say Ukraine is an artificial country and that Lwow is a Polish city and why don’t we just sort it out together.”
According to him, Russia wants to push western countries to the limit, Ukrainaska Pravda writes.
“Putin thinks he’s facing a bunch of degenerate weaklings. And he thinks we wouldn’t go to war to defend the Baltics. You know, maybe he’s right.” Sikorski added.
The Russian president said earlier that he could send troops to Warsaw, Vilnius and other EU and Nato capitals. Putin said it to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who later repeated his words to the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.