Attitude towards Russia is a test for democratic values says PM

"The response to the Russian war is a true test to show that we genuinely support democratic values," Morawiecki said. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The stance adopted by the EU countries towards Russia will show how much they value democracy, the Polish prime minister told a conference of the French employers' association (MEDEF) on Monday in Paris.

In his address, Mateusz Morawiecki said that either the EU countries show a common stand towards Russia's war on Ukraine, or the community will become "a ghost ship."

"The response to the Russian war is a true test to show that we genuinely support democratic values," he said.

Morawiecki added that the EU members also had to stand together in face of other challenges, in addition to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, especially the Covid-19 pandemic, the global economic crisis and the threat of an energy and food crisis.

In this context, he underlined the importance of loosening Europe's dependence on Russian oil and gas.

Morawiecki also said that economic cooperation and joint investment was the best way for Europe to free itself from the present crisis. He added that especially important today were climate and energy projects, and voiced support for the broader use of nuclear power in Europe.