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We will work on further sanctions until Russian soldiers leave Ukraine: Polish PM

“We will work on the next sanction packages until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian soil,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday after a meeting of the heads of governments of the Lublin Triangle states – Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

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“Europe today is learning that a business ‘marriage of convenience’ with Russia was a gigantic mistake… Therefore our answer must be firm,” he stressed.

Mr Morawiecki pointed out that “Poland knew about it much earlier,” emphasising the importance of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which is to be partially launched this year.

“We will be independent from Russian gas for the first time,” the Polish PM stressed.

“Ukraine deserves to be in the EU”

“None of the countries has paid such a huge price for their natural willingness to be part of the European family. Therefore, we believe that Ukraine has indeed deserved the candidate status and this is our moral debt to its people,” Ingrida Šimonytė, the Lithuanian PM, said after the meeting.

She assured of absolute support for Ukraine.

“In our eyes, in the eyes of the world, you are heroes. I have no doubt that you will win because the truth is on your side. And we will do everything we can to make it happen as soon as possible,” she declared.

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“Russia should be recognised as a terrorist state”

“Russia should be recognised as a terrorist state and all its assets frozen. Russian ships should not enter Western ports and sanctions should also apply to the export of the country’s metals and other raw materials,” Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmyhal said.

“We will also be asking [the West] for the visas of Russian citizens to be cancelled, so that those public figures who support the war and their family members will also come under sanctions. We are preparing a list of these people,” he added.

The Lublin Triangle is a format for trilateral cooperation between Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. It was established in 2020 and its aim is to deepen the political, economic and social cooperation of these countries and to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

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