Ukraine offers EU chance for further growth says PM

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Europe needs new markets and new demographic, cultural and social stimuli to continue to grow and Ukraine may well offer such benefits, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said.

In a podcast released on Friday, Morawiecki warned that the EU may collapse under its own weight if it stops developing.

"In order to prevent that, it has to grow," he said. "It needs new markets, new demographic, cultural and social stimuli."

Morawiecki said Poland may play a pivotal role in the process.

"Before our very own eyes, Europe can be strengthened by yet another growth axis," he said. "This axis would connect Warsaw and Kyiv. The alliance would be complementary to the whole EU and would offer the Community a new dynamic and create a multi-vector division of labour and movement of capital."

Morawiecki said that Ukraine is "a natural direction of EU growth with its huge natural resources, population, area, geopolitical location but also with its cultural and historical proximity."

According to Morawiecki, the outcome of the Russia-Ukraine war "will set the trajectory of global politics for years if not decades to come" and EU leaders must understand this "even if it disrupts their short-term plans."

Ukraine has been fighting the Russian invasion for three months now. Russia's offensive is currently focused on the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.