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- We are here to initiate a "special campaign" meant to awaken the conscience of the people to the genocidal "special campaign" prepared by Putin. What is happening on the streets of Ukrainian cities is shaking our conscience, but unfortunately, it is too short-lived- Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday in front of the National Stadium in Warsaw.

Standing against a backdrop of English-language billboard signs with the slogans "StopRussiaNow!" and "BloodOil", he added that too many countries in western and southern Europe would like to return to "business as usual" with Russia as soon as possible.

I don't think anyone is naïve enough to believe that this campaign will bring about any real change. It is but another PR gimmick- something the Polish Prime Minister has come to master. After all, we remember how promising the sweeping tax reform, the "Polish Deal", looked on the PM’s PowerPoint presentation before it landed in the trash. Today, no one inside the ruling camp speaks about it anymore; it is a forbidden topic.

While announcing the campaign, Morawiecki has only mentioned Germany as a European country that should be criticized for its stance toward Russia. The same Germany that keeps sending considerable humanitarian aid, weapons (albeit not the heaviest kind and not on a large scale) to Ukraine, and has announced its plans to move away from buying Russian oil and gas.

This is rather unsurprising since Germany constantly plays the role of a whipping boy in the Law and Justice party’s shameless propaganda.

It just so happened that Morawiecki didn't mention the word "Hungary" even once during his entire speech. Meanwhile, Hungary is the only member state that announced it will oppose an EU embargo on Russian raw materials if such a vote should happen. The Hungarian government doesn’t even allow aircraft carrying weapons for the Ukrainian army to fly over the Hungarian territory, so, for example, the famous Turkish Bayraktar drones have to be delivered in a roundabout way.

Somehow, Morawiecki also failed to mention that the future of France's anti-Putin policy would be at stake on Sunday. A victory for the Kremlin puppet Marine Le Pen, whose party is still repaying a loan from a Russian bank and who recognizes Crimea as part of Russia, would be a dream come true for the Kremlin. Luckily, that scenario failed to materialize.

As recently as January, PM Morawiecki was mighty busy building a new intra-EU, Eurosceptic, and largely pro-Putin coalition with Orban, Le Pen, and many other prominent figures of the European far-right.  

Besides, it's simply a shame that the Polish government is wasting money on a half-witted propaganda campaign, instead of using it to support, for example, humanitarian aid organizations helping Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.

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