Poland Calls in Russian Ambassador Following Putin's Controversial Comments on "Stalin's Gift" of Polish Territories.

On July 21, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made a strong statement, declaring that Poland would summon the Russian ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had “gifted” Polish lands to Poland. Morawiecki emphasized that Stalin was a war criminal responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Poles, asserting the historical truth as undeniable.

During a meeting with members of the Security Council on the same day, Putin further defended his stance, asserting that present-day western territories of Poland were indeed a gift from Stalin to the Poles. He criticized Warsaw for allegedly forgetting this fact and stated that they would be reminded of it.

In reaction to Putin’s remarks, Stanislaw Zharin, the Secretary of State at the Prime Minister’s Chancellery and Deputy Coordinator of Special Services, accused him of repeating lies about Poland and attempting to falsify the truth about the war against Ukraine, referring to him as a “pitiful Kremlin stooge.”

This exchange reflects the ongoing tensions between Russia and Poland, with the Russian authorities consistently accusing Poland of attempting to annex Ukraine. In November 2022, Putin even claimed that the idea of Poland “absorbing Ukraine” had not disappeared.

Poland has officially dismissed Putin’s comments as “detached from reality insinuations,” suggesting that they are aimed at portraying Poland as an aggressive country that poses a threat to the western part of Ukraine.

Furthermore, in a separate statement, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, echoed similar sentiments, accusing Warsaw of rapidly preparing for the “annexation” of part of Ukraine’s border territory.

An advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, reacted humorously to Naryshkin’s claims, dismissing them as an attempt to sow discord between Poland and Ukraine.