"You'd better take back your weapons and your mercenaries.
Chechen dictator and great ally of Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov threatened Poland, which actively supported kyiv during the Russian offensive, in a video published on Wednesday.
“Ukraine is a closed case.
I wonder about Poland…”, declares Ramzan Kadyrov in this excerpt posted Wednesday, May 25 on Twitter by BBC journalist Francis Scarr and taken up by BFMTV.
Ramzan Kadyrov, president of Chechnya threatens Poland:
"You better take back your weapons and your mercenaries" pic.twitter.com/uznTdIHcct
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) May 27, 2022
“After Ukraine, if the order is given, we will show you in six seconds what you are capable of”, affirms the Chechen leader.
“You better take your weapons and your mercenaries back and formally apologize to our ambassador.
We will not let this pass.
Keep that in mind,” he concludes, referring to the large stockpile of arms delivered by Warsaw to its ally kyiv.
Among the European countries that have provided assistance to Ukraine, Poland is at the forefront.
At the end of April, the country had supplied 1.6 billion dollars worth of arms to its neighbor and welcomed nearly 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees.
Warsaw admitted in April that it had sent Soviet-designed T-72 tanks to Ukraine, but did not specify their number.
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Maintained at the head of Chechnya, a republic that is part of the Russian Federation, by Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov runs his state with an iron fist.
Chechnya is known to be one of the worst dictatorships on the planet.
Since the start of Moscow's offensive in Ukraine, the "Kadyrovtsy", Chechen soldiers directly under the orders of the dictator, have been fighting alongside the Russians.
Other Chechens, dissidents, have chosen to take up arms to support Ukraine.