Robert BiedrońPolish Mep (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Head of the Eu-Belarus Delegation to the European Parliament

The gathering of Russian troops on the borders with Ukraine is not training. In the case of standard military exercises, certain rules and procedures apply, such as informing partners well in advance. It did not happen in this case. If Russia uses force against Ukraine, the EU and NATO would need to answer quickly and consequently. We cannot become a puppet in the hands of Putin, who is blackmailing Europe by interrupting gas supplies. We can also assume that Lukashenka’s last hybrid war on the border with Poland was just the beginning of something much bigger in Putin’s mind. We need to always stress that NATO’s support for Ukraine is not a threat to Russia.