In a video posted on social media Wednesday by the Vladimir Putin ally and Chechen leader, Kadyrov said that “the issue of Ukraine is closed,” and if given the order, he’s “interested in Poland.” Kadyrov also demanded an apology from Poland for an incident involving Russia’s ambassador earlier this month, in which the diplomat was splattered with red paint during a Victory Day ceremony.
“The issue of Ukraine is closed. I’m interested in Poland. What is it trying to achieve?” Kadyrov said, according to a translation.
“After Ukraine, if we are given the command, in six seconds we will show what we are capable of. You should better take back your weapons and your mercenaries. And beg official forgiveness for what you did to our ambassador. We won’t just ignore it, bear that in mind,” the Chechen leader continued.
Poland shares roughly 500 miles of border with both Ukraine and Russia. As a NATO member, a Russian attack against Poland would presumably bring about a strong response from its NATO allies.
It is unclear what Kadyrov meant by Poland taking back “mercenaries” from Ukraine. Polish President Andrzej Duda has said he will not send troops to Ukraine, and there have not been credible reports of Polish soldiers in the country.
Kadyrov’s demand for an apology from Poland stems from an incident on May 9 in which protesters in Poland splattered Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev with red paint, symbolizing the blood spilled in Ukraine.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to the Polish Embassy for comment.