Tough sanctions needed to defeat Putin says Polish PM

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that tough and firm sanctions are the only way to dismantle Vladimir Putin's war machine.

"In order to hit Russia effectively, our blow must be consistent and long-term, if military action continues," Morawiecki said as he departed for Great Britain and Norway on Tuesday.

The prime minister said that strengthening Nato's eastern flank would be one of the main topics of his visit to the two important Nato countries.

But he added that the point of the trip was to get sanctions imposed on Russia that would really make it suffer.

"I will be talking about the possibility of cutting Russia off from financing," he said, adding that the point was to replace Russian crude oil and gas with deliveries from other countries.

"Nord Stream 2 was a symbol of the West's weakness," said Morawiecki. "And the Baltic Pipe, which Poland has been building to Norway, is a symbol of Poland's sovereignty, of Poland's independence from Russia, from gas blackmail, namely from everything which has made it possible for Putin to build a war machine."

Germany suspended the opening of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after Russia invaded Ukraine.