Polish PM accuses Russia of undermining energy, food security

The Polish prime minister also said that Poland would help Slovakia gain independence from Russian gas. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has accused Russia of threatening energy and food security and causing "gigantic" inflation with its war on Ukraine.

Morawiecki also said that the main goal of Vladimir Putin was to rebuild the Russian empire.

"The enlargement of the zone of influence to include Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland is an aim which would be implemented immediately after the victory over Ukraine," Morawiecki told a press conference held with his Slovak counterpart Eduard Heger on Friday.

The Polish prime minister also said that Poland would help Slovakia gain independence from Russian gas.

Admitting that Slovakia's dependence on Russian gas was much greater than Poland's, Morawiecki said that the opening of a Poland-Slovakia gas interconnector should make it easier for Slovakia to grow independent of Russian gas.

"This is what true solidarity means," Morawiecki said, adding that he had promised such support to Slovakia.