Firm stance needed to stop Russia’s aggression – dep FM
Only the strong resolve of all politicians in Europe can stop the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.
Szynkowski vel Sęk told reporters that the European Union and its partners should feel a responsibility towards finding a solution to the crisis concerning refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Vel Sęk 's words came as he spoke to reporters at a press conference in Dorohusk, in the Lubelskie province, on Sunday, which was also attended by a delegation of German parliamentarians.
"One element is humanitarian aid. On the other hand, we have the aspect of support for Ukraine. Both must be maintained," vel Sęk said.
He added: "I very clearly expressed to our guests from Germany that support in the context of the transfer of defensive weapons to Ukraine… must be continued and strengthened because Ukraine is valiantly defending itself and needs our solidarity and our support."
He pointed out that Vladimir Putin had to be stopped, because "we must stop him, in order to put an end to the suffering of women and children… to halt any further attacks on the civilian population."
"In our opinion, a very important element… is the imposition of tough and decisive sanctions, ones even harsher than those placed so far," vel Sęk said.
"It may place costs on our security, it may place costs on our freedom, and it will definitely put costs on our economy, but a continuation of this war and failing to stop Vladimir Putin may cost us much more," the deputy foreign minister. "That is why decisive steps are needed today," he noted.
"We demand an embargo on gas, an embargo on oil, an embargo on coal," he said. "And we are counting on our partners to maintain solidarity on these issues," he added.
"Only a firm stance on the part of all European politicians… can allow us to stop Vladimir Putin's aggression," concluded vel Sęk.