Polish Prime Minister says no return to pre-war status quo

Polish Prime Minister says no return to pre-war status quo

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, said there would be no return to the situation before Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Morawiecki said at the opening of the 15th European Economic Congress in the southern Polish city of Katowice that the European Union cannot return to what was and that the rules of doing business with Russia must be changed.

Morawiecki said all principles related to trade with a criminal must undergo essential change, and there would be no return to the pre-war status quo.

He said that we are building a new geopolitical order.

The Polish prime minister said that ever more countries were coming to understand the great threat that Russia represents, and that Russian aggression needed to be stemmed here and now through sanctions.

Following World War II, Europe had emerged from the ashes and created the necessary institutions in the form of the Marshall Plan, the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community, in order to build peace.

Morawiecki said that we're proposing a reconstruction plan for Ukraine, hope for Ukraine, but also the whole European Union, which will be based on new geopolitical assumptions. Bill Clinton once said, it's the economy, stupid, today I think that is not enough, we have to say that it's geopolitics, stupid, we need to pay attention to all the international realities that are happening around us.''

When former Russian Prime Minister-PAP Dmitry Medvedev mocked that Europe could not last a single day without gas from Russia, we were told that our hard attitude towards Russia was a Russophobic attitude. Today, we see that more countries, including Western Europe, understand the great threat from Russia. Morawiecki said he was less afraid of the severing of supply chain ties with Russia than of calls to re-establish them too quickly.