Poland’s prime minister calls for more sanctions against Russia

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Poland’s prime minister calls for more sanctions against Russia

Poland's prime minister said that the country was dealing with the seizure of Russian Federation's money on the grounds that it was designated for terrorist activities.

Morawiecki argued that Ukrainians have to be given at least defensive weapons so that they can defend their homes, lives and families.

He stated that bigger support from the US should consist of the transfer of Javelins, Stingers, all kinds of different defensive weapons, antitank, antiaircraft, antimissile, portable defence. These weapons are not threatening Russia. Morawiecki said these are purely defensive weapons.

Morawiecki hopes that with growing pressure from the West and the strong morale of Ukrainian soldiers Russian President Vladimir Putin and his people would be ready to start real negotiations to have a ceasefire, withdraw Russian troops and end the war.

This should be a precondition for further negotiations. We have adopted the strongest sanctions ever, but we have to prepare for even heavier sanctions because of that. He said that we have to cut off buying Russian gas and oil because these are the main sources of hard currency for Putin, which he then turns into a war machine.

Asked if Putin could attack the Baltic states, and perhaps also Poland and Moldova if he wins, Morawiecki replied: Yes, I think that they will concentrate on other states to reestablish the Russian empire if they are not stopped in Ukraine. Polish prime minister opted for permanent US troops to be stationed in Poland. We have 10,000 American troops here, but we should be able to have a permanent base in Poland with 30 to 40,000 US troops, he said.

In Morawiecki's opinion, Putin, who sees the invasion of Ukraine as a failure, is able to press the button and create another front. This is why we have been talking to our American and British allies, asking to get antimissile systems like the Patriot and Sky Sabre, the British air defence system. We have placed these types of defensive weapons in key areas in Poland, he said.

Now it is important to take the assets of Russian oligarchs and Putin himself, according to Morawiecki.

It is not good enough to freeze assets because frozen assets can grow in value. The Russian sovereign wealth fund and Russian bonds lodged in central banks of Western countries should be seized and put into a fund to reconstruct Ukraine after the war. Putin has to understand that he is already losing hundreds of billions of dollars - and if he does not stop, he will lose even more, he said.

Morawiecki explained that the mission, led by the Alliance and possibly other international organisations, would be completely focused on defending innocent people, and could consist of both air and ground forces, as well as Poland's proposal to create a Nato peacekeeping force in Ukraine.

A humanitarian peacekeeping mission has to be able to defend innocent people and not be attacked by Russian troops, he said.

He also pointed out the Polish proposal to set up a humanitarian zone in the western part of Ukraine as more and more people are fleeing the war there. This would have to be a full mandate of Nato and possibly other international organizations, Morawiecki said.