Friday, September 18, 2020

Poland’s vision of Intermarium Is Different Then What Moscow Thinks It Is

Very interesting article in the Eurasia Daily Monitor about Russian misconception of Polish politics in the region. Here is a teaser that will hopefully spark your interest:
Russian analysts fail to recognize that Warsaw no longer views the Intermarium—a historical term that today refers to the lands “in between” Russia and the West and the Baltic and Black Seas—as it did in the 1920s and 1930s but rather conceives it as a means for the integration of a broader area, including Russia, to the benefit of all, Michał Sadłowski, a professor of law at the University of Warsaw, says (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, September 14). And Russia’s inability to understand that reality risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading Moscow to take actions that could drive Warsaw back to its older conception of promoting “the countries in between” Poland and Russia as a cordon sanitaire or defensive buffer against Russian aggression.