Poland involved in seizing Russian money, says PM

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

Mateusz Morawiecki was asked at a Thursday press conference about information that Poland had blocked money in the accounts of the Russian embassy on the grounds it was earmarked for Russian terrorism.

The prime minister said that designating Russia as a terrorist state was one of the demands of Ukraine's government and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Because really Russia is terrorising Ukraine," Morawiecki said. "How else can it be called, what's happening in Ukraine, than just terrorising the civilian population? Murdering innocent women, children, the elderly."

In Morawiecki's opinion, in connection with this, "we should really move towards that sort of measure (recognising Russia as a terrorist state - PAP)."

On the matter of seizing funds due to the possibility of them being used for terrorist purposes, the prime minister referred journalists to the appropriate government services. "I can only generally say that we really are dealing with the seizure of financial means of the Russian Federation," he said.

Information on the subject had earlier been reported by the TVN24.pl website, which wrote in mid-March that following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, diplomats from the Russian embassy in Warsaw had tried to withdraw cash to the value of over EUR 2 million.

"According to TVN24.pl's information, those attempts were blocked by banks in close cooperation with the General Inspector of Financial Information, an institution that counteracts money laundering and the financing of terrorism," the website wrote.