Controversy erupts in Europe after Warsaw recalls troops from Belarus border

A war of words has erupted between Poland and Belarus, and it’s very dangerous.

The countries sit just a few miles apart along the Belarus-Poland border. Belarus is right in the middle of Europe and is a close neighbor to Ukraine and Russia, which has been an important military ally of the European Union for many years.

While Ukraine has served as a main target of Russia and its aggressive actions to destabilize and promote Russia’s interests, Poland also has been, along with Lithuania, another Western European nation, a close military ally of the United States. Both countries have used American training and often equipment, with the U.S. installing Patriot missiles at the border in recent years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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But now, things are about to get very ugly.

The Russian official cited by The New York Times last year did not mince words with his assessment of the recent actions taken by the Polish government.

“The Polish national state is today focused on the Russian-Ukrainian border as the main threat, ” said Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, according to The New York Times. “The English in Brussels and Berlin aren’t far behind: it is said that the Polish state’s main interest is to prevent the Russian-Ukrainian war from worsening.”

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