Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, says the Russian leader’s ‘monstrous ideology’ poses a deadly threat to Europe
By Joe Barnes, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT
10 May 2022 •
Vladimir Putin is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin, the Polish prime minister has warned as he called for the eradication of the Russian leader’s “monstrous ideology”.
In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Mateusz Morawiecki said Putin’s arsenal of weapons was “deadlier” than those of Hitler and Stalin, adding that he also had the internet at his disposal which he was “infected… with millions of instances of fake news”.
The “monstrous ideology” of Putin’s regime posed a deadly threat to Europe and must be rooted out entirely, Mr Morawiecki said.
It came as Avril Haines, the director of US national intelligence, told a Senate committee the Russian leader could fully mobilise his country or impose martial law if he felt the tide of war was turning against him.
The intelligence chief said there were “indications” Putin wanted to create a land bridge between Moscow and Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region Transnistria.
She joined Mr Morawiecki in suggesting that Moscow’s ambitions would not stop at capturing Ukraine.
Mr Morawiecki accused Western leaders of “blissfully forgetting” the threat posed by Russia while Moscow spent three decades resurrecting the “demons of the past”.
He blamed Western ignorance for Putin being allowed to develop ideologies akin to “20th-century communism and Nazism”.
And he warned that if the Russian president was not dealt a defeat, the war in Ukraine would soon spill over into the rest of Europe.
“If we do not engage in this task immediately, we will not only lose Ukraine, we will lose our soul and our freedom and sovereignty, as well. Because Russia will not stop at Kyiv. She has set out on a long march towards the West and it’s up to us to decide where we stop her,” Mr Morawiecki said.
He said just as “denazification was crucial for Germany, the only chance for Russia and the civilised world is “deputinisation”.
‘Long, gruelling battle of attrition’
At a Senate hearing in the US on Tuesday, Ms Haines said the war in Ukraine would likely be a long, gruelling battle of attrition, which could prompt Putin to escalate the conflict further.
Ms Haines suggested Putin believes that his resolve is greater than Ukraine’s Western supporters, further worsening the cost of living crisis facing the West.
“He is probably counting on the US and EU resolve to weaken as food shortages, inflation and energy prices get worse,” she said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday travel to Sweden and Finland, whcih are both preparing their applications to join the Nato alliance.