Polish Prime Minister calls for sanctions against Russia

Polish Prime Minister calls for sanctions against Russia

The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has said that the sixth package of sanctions against Russia must include Poland's proposal to cut Russia off financially by targeting its oil exports.

Morawiecki made a call before the beginning of an EU summit in Brussels on Monday.

The Prime Minister said that the sixth package of sanctions must include Poland's most far-reaching demands, namely, depriving Russia of its oil income because that is what makes it possible for it to continue its war against Ukraine.

He said that Poland demands that crude oil be included in the sixth package of sanctions.

The latest sanctions package on Russia was announced on May 4, but divisions over whether to target Russian oil are exposing the limits of how far the bloc can go to help Ukraine.

When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed the package, the initial goal was to phase out imports of crude oil within six months and to refine products by the end of the year.

Morawiecki said that Ukraine will have defended itself for 100 days soon after the war. He said we have to ask ourselves whether we have done everything to make this war end as soon as possible, and end it with Ukraine's victory.

This is our fundamental postulate and Morawiecki stated, let us stop buying crude oil from Russia.

Morawiecki said there were options that were available, despite the fact that there were countries that had no access to ports and had to transport crude oil through pipelines.

He went on to say that if Hungary won't accept them, Poland will demand a special price compensation mechanism to be introduced, because they have special solutions for these countries.

This mechanism will make it impossible for a country buying Russian oil to benefit from competitive oil prices in a situation when other countries are deprived of such a possibility, according to Morawiecki.

Morawiecki went on to say that we still believe that we will be able to reach a consensus during the EU summit.