Once Putin takes Ukraine’s capital, Poland and the Baltics will ‘absolutely’ follow: Russian chess grandmaster Kasparov

President of the Human Rights Foundation and former Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov issued a stern warning: if the United States does not get tougher on Russia, Poland and the Baltic states will be ” absolutely” the next ones.

“[Putin] is going to move to the Baltics or the Poles because he wants escalation,” Kasparov said Friday in “Mornings with Maria.”

“But if he moves to the Baltics and if Xi Jinping moves to Taiwan,” he continued, “then we need boots on the pitch.”

With Poland and other Baltic countries vulnerable to Putin’s aggression, the only option is for the allies to use military defense in the event of Russian attacks, Kasparov explained.

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He said that although this is “not a war of our choosing”, we have “no choice but to demonstrate” that we are “strong enough to repel Putin’s attacks on our civilization”.

Kasparov expected President Biden to restore American leadership, but stressed that the economic sanctions Biden had imposed on Russia were ultimately “useless”.

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a burning house after it was shelled in the town of Irpin, outside Kyiv. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“The administration is lagging behind Europe…it’s too late,” political activist Maria Bartiromo told FOX Business. “These sanctions could have stopped [Putin] Six months ago.”

“The actions of this administration fell far short of what was needed to send a message and prevent another war,” Kasparov added.

China is watching “very closely” the continued invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and the takeover of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Kasparov also noted. He predicted that the growing escalations could encourage a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

“Our policy toward Taiwan will depend on the outcome of the war in Ukraine,” he said. “Every dictator in the world is now watching Ukraine try to figure out what it can do next.”

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But still, according to Kasparov, a NATO military response in support of the Baltic countries is not unreasonable.

“The free world must show now that it is ready to oppose this rise of new dictatorships which threaten the very existence of the world order in which we live.”

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Christi C. Elwood