Russia-Ukraine war will determine future, PM tells Trudeau

"We must be strong and stand united. We must strive for independence from Russian oil and gas, and make the sanctions more effective," Morawiecki told the Canadian prime minister. Marcin Obara/PAP

The outcome of the Russia-Ukraine war will determine the future of the coming decades, Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland's prime minister, told Justin Trudeau, his Canadian counterpart, in Warsaw on Thursday.

Trudeau is in the Polish capital to discuss the West's response to the Russia-Ukraine war. He will also speak to President Andrzej Duda and US Vice President Kamala Harris, who is also in Warsaw.

"We are meeting in difficult circumstances because of what is happening in Ukraine. We are meeting at a turning point in history which will determine the future of the coming years, maybe decades," said Morawiecki.

"We must be strong and stand united. We must strive for independence from Russian oil and gas, and make the sanctions more effective," he told the Canadian prime minister.

Trudeau thanked Poland for its "exceptional" stand in the crisis, especially its extensive aid to Ukrainian refugees.

He also underlined the need to condemn Russia "very, very strongly" for its violations of international law and United Nations charters. Trudeau added that Western sanctions on Russia were "hard and heavy and will last a very long time."