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Germany too lenient on Russia: Poland’s ruling party leader

Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), told the German Sunday newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” that Germany has been far too lenient towards Russia over the past years.

Mr Kaczyński criticised Germany’s long-standing leniency towards Russia, and its stance towards the ongoing war in the East. He especially condemned Germany’s refusal to raise arms supplies to Ukraine and support an EU embargo on Russian crude oil.

The politician observed that both Germany and France felt strong sympathies towards Moscow, and blamed the German government for its condonement of Russia’s actions over the past years.

“Like France, Germany displays a strong affinity towards Moscow. For years, the German government refused to see what Russia was doing… I am very disappointed with the German government’s conduct. Germany could provide more arms, Germany could also back an EU embargo on [Russia] oil,” he said, adding that he specifically meant a clampdown on Russian oil and not a currently-debated gas embargo, as Moscow’s earnings from oil sales were several time higher than from gas, and the move would be much more painful.

Mr Kaczyński stressed that in the present situation the continued purchase of Russian energy was “politically and morally unacceptable,” and demanded Germany to “finally state a clear position” in the matter.

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