The tender for a multi-task helicopter for the Polish army is one of the biggest state investments in recent years. A military, but first and foremost economic, investment. What the former government could not grasp, the current one sees as self-evident. Sadly, this change of optics means that our French “allies” are trembling nervously – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Why do I think so? A few days ago, I read a short report on the meeting of Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz with his French counterpart Jean-Ives Le Drianem in one of the French dailies. Their conversation was apparently very sincere, as both men are known for not beating around the bush. What could the Frenchman have heard? It’s clear, as Macierewicz has questioned the choice of the French Caracal helicopters for months, its rationale and objectives. His position is the same as mine: this choice is detrimental to Polish economy. Not only does it not present new perspectives for developing the defense sector, it will make it regress – he assesses.
Therefore, Malinowski is not surprised to hear murmurs of discontent in the French camp after the meeting. – “A high-ranking official of the French Ministry of Defense” is said to have threatened the Polish government with a “political response” if it cancels the tender for political reasons. I shudder to think what we would be threatened with if we wanted to do so on “economic” or, god forbid, economic grounds! That is a very French response – threatening others and defending their own. The French have repeatedly shown that French interest is their absolute priority, often regardless of the consequences, even international. But the tune changes when others adhere to the same principles, as is now the case with Poland. This results in threats of a “political response” – remarks the President of Employers of Poland.
According to him, the international friendship argument – often used by supporters of the acquisition of French helicopters – is inappropriate, as friendship between states ends where a conflict of interest starts.
– Relations are not built through acquisitions. Alliances are based on common interests and careful development of mutual trust. This cannot be dependent on trade links. If that were the case, we would be buying Russian arms in the hopes that Russia starts to like us out of gratitude. I am curious to know, how many Polish Rosomak wheeled armored vehicles were bought by the French. Particularly as French doctrine involves the acquisition of arms produced predominantly domestically – concludes Malinowski.