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Letters to Poland

For the attention of:
President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczynski
Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Dear sirs,

We would like to express our indignation and profound concern for the declaration by President Kaczynski, subsequently denied rapidly by US Vice-president-elect Joe Biden, according to whom, the United States are not at all decided to continue with the so-called Space Shield in Europe.

Besides being a lie unworthy of a head of state, this event shows the attitude of haste and imposition with which the Polish government is trying to close the question of the installation of the missile system. Two weeks ago in an analogous manoeuvre, the Czech government tried to ratify an agreement for the radar base through a Senate that no longer legitimately reflected the will of the electorate.

We denounce the US NMD project and the form with which it is being carried out.

This project is dividing Europe, increasing international tensions, in particular relations with Russia, and encouraging a new arms race. Whereas this is an issue that concerns the security of the whole of Europe it is being dealt with as two bilateral agreements between the USA, with the Czech Republic and Poland, without any involvement or consultation with other European countries, the European Parliament or even NATO. The population itself has not been adequately informed about this project which has serious implications for their future and there has been no possibility to gauge the will of the people through referenda.

As emerges from the declarations of US experts and analysts and the Pentagon’s own documents, the Space Shield is not a system of defence as its name would have us believe, instead it is an attack weapon. The installation of missiles in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic will, in fact, constitute a declaration of war.

For all of these reasons we ask you to immediately suspend bilateral negotiations with the United States and renounce this project which only benefits the arms industry and puts the whole of Europe in danger.

Europe for Peace