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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, shown in 2008, says Poland’s deployment of 150 U.S. paratroopers to his country is a necessary message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that ‘NATO territory is sacrosanct.’
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, shown in 2008, says Poland’s deployment of 150 U.S. paratroopers to his country is a necessary message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that ‘NATO territory is sacrosanct.’
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MARK MacKINNON

Why Poland fights for Ukraine

Vladimir Zhirinovksy, the leader of Russia’s far-right Liberal Democratic party, is often dismissed as the “clown prince” of his country’s politics. He’s earned that label over a long career filled with far more empty bluster than serious policy ideas.

But no one in Warsaw is laughing about a letter Mr. Zhirinovsky sent to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski last month, suggesting that Russia and Poland – along with Hungary and Romania – move to carve up Ukraine’s territory between them.