Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called for tougher European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.starting with a proposal made by his own country to completely block trade with Moscow.
Poland will thus present to the EU a absolute blockade that should come into force as soon as possibledeclared this Saturday during a visit to Lubiczow, near Warsaw, in statements collected by the official Polish news agency PAP.
This blockade would include both the ban on Russian ships carrying Russian goods from entering European seaports like ban on land tradeMorawiecki specified.
Such a step could “force Russia to consider if not it would be better to put an end to this cruel war”, he explained before adding that “this question is one of life and death for tens of thousands, or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of people, for a sovereign country, Ukraine, and for the security of NATO”.
“We must show our strength and determination towards Russia, otherwise we will have to pay a higher price in the near future.”said the prime minister during his visit to an ammunition manufacturing center in this Polish town.
Morawiecki has also announced a new injection of funds to modernize the Polish Army in the continuation of a trend that began with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and will continue in the coming years “to an unprecedented dimension”.
In addition, the Prime Minister has invited the EU countries to break the deck when it comes to all European rules on debt, deficit and stabilization spending rules for the benefit of the bloc’s security. “Either there is security, or they are going to blackmail us all, as Russia has done,” he said.
Morawiecki traveled to kyiv a few days ago with his Czech and Slovenian counterparts in a show of solidarity with Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion began more than three weeks ago, more than two million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the border into Poland.
“Today, March 18, at 09:00 (08:00 GMT), the number of refugees from Ukraine exceeded two million. They are mostly women with children. Border guard officials are the first Poles to help them as soon as they cross the border,” the Polish border guards said in a statement posted on their Twitter account.
If this figure is compared with the total balance of Ukrainian refugees published by the UN, two out of three of them entered Poland. Many, however, try to continue their journey to other European countries further west or to Canada.
In recent days, the Polish authorities registered a reduction in the number of arrivals.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the total number of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Thursday exceeded 3.1 million people.
They are mostly Ukrainian citizens. But some 162,000 people from third countries left the former Soviet republic, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Wednesday.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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