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Putin set entire Ukraine ablaze while Europe wonders if fire extinguishers suffice: PM

Via his Twitter account, Poland’s PM Mateusz Marowiecki has expressed vocal criticism of the wavering approach of Europe with respect to the war in Ukraine.

Every day hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians wake up in fear of being bombed by🇷🇺jets.Meanwhile Europe is playing roulette: 1st it announces tougher sanctions,a day later it says let’s not to go over the top.Putin has set🇺🇦ablaze;Europe wonders if it has enough fire extinguisher

— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) April 2, 2022

The Russian aggression against Ukraine has not ceased ever since Russia brought war to Poland’s neighbouring country on February 24. Due to the Kremlin’s invasion, many states and companies have imposed economic and political sanctions on Russia. Numerous concerns, including mining, automotive and clothing giants, have also stopped their operations in Russia.

On Wednesday, PM Morawiecki said Poland would go to any length with the view to quitting Russian oil definitively by the end of 2022. He also expressed his hope that the month of May would be the last in which Poland imported coal from Russia. The official said that thanks to the floating LNG port in the northwestern Polish city of Świnoujście, the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, as well as another floating LNG port in Gdańsk, Poland would be able to render itself independent from Russian gas.

Mr Morawiecki also appealed to the EU for taxing Russian carbohydrates.

On Tuesday, Poland’s government passed draft legislation that could block the importation of Russian coal to Poland. Piotr Müller, the government’s spokesperson, said on the occasion that Poland could not wait for the EU’s decision, however much it realised that blocking Russian coal importation “may provoke legal questions” and entails a risk of the Court of Justice of the EU initiating proceedings against Poland.

But the recent tweet by PM Morawiecki leaves little doubt about Poland’s determination and the government’s frustration with some European leaders’ half-hearted take on Russia’s doing.

Some EU leaders are treating the sanctions as a smokescreen for their inaction. The sanctions are supposed to bring Ukraine peace, not to appease Europe’s guilty conscience. The sanctions are supposed to stop Putin. If they haven’t it means they are not robust enough!

— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) April 1, 2022

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