The EU will impose sanctions on Russian individuals involved in the imprisonment of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
EU-Russia relations, Belarus and transatlantic ties dominated the EU foreign ministers' Monday talks in Brussels, with Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau representing Poland.
Poland's Senate on Friday adopted a resolution calling on the EU to extend sanctions against Russia after the country's court had ordered opposition leader Alexey Navalny be sent to a prison camp.
In response to news that High Representative of the European Union, European Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell intends to visit Moscow, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau suggested he first visit Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has said the EU could impose sanctions on Russia owing to the detention of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Sunday.
EU foreign ministers have agreed that the current situation in Belarus requires the imposition of more sanctions, Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Monday adding that the present conflict in Belarus is aggravating.
EU sanctions over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny will be signed off soon and will cover several Russian individuals and one entity, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told PAP on Tuesday following a Monday meeting of EU foreign ministers.
In an interview with PAP, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has said the EU very quickly reached consensus in Luxembourg on Monday on the issue of further sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including President Alexander Lukashenko.
If the European Union does not impose sanctions on Belarus, the neighboring countries may consider introducing their own national sanctions, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said after Monday talks with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Budapest.
Polish President Andrzej Duda is considering imposing national sanctions on Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday after a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart.