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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned (Politico, March 29) that Europe is in a “pre-war era” but still has a “long way to go” before it is ready to face the threat ahead.

“I don’t want to scare anyone, but war is no longer a concept of the past,” Tusk said in an interview with several European media outlets . “It’s real, it even started more than two years ago.”

Tusk said that what is most troubling at the moment is that “literally any scenario is possible,” adding that Europe has not faced such a situation since 1945.

“I know it sounds devastating, especially for people of the younger generation, but we have to mentally get used to the arrival of a new era,” he said. “The pre-war era. I am not exaggerating. This is becoming clearer every day.”

Amid Russia’s ongoing large-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022, Western allies and top military officials are increasingly concerned going to make about a possible outbreak of violence – despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied planning to attack NATO.

Last week, a Russian missile penetrated entered Polish airspace , prompting Warsaw to deploy F-16 fighter jets, in what Tusk called a “disturbing incident.”

But as tumult glows on the horizon, Tusk warned that Europe is not ready to face the threat.

“We have to be ready. Europe still has a long way to go,” he said. The first step is for countries to meet the NATO target of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense, he added

Source: Politico. Translated with (free version)

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