PM hails Russian oil embargo as triumph of EU solidarity and unity

After the talks, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister said: “We have managed to break the deadlock. After several hours of discussion, we have established that the sixth sanctions package against the Russian Federation will also include sanctions on oil.
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The Polish Prime Minister called the EU embargo on Russian oil a triumph of solidarity and unity within the European Council and the European Union.

European Council President Charles Michel announced after a late summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Monday that the bloc’s leaders had reached an agreement on an embargo on Russian oil imports.

After the talks, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister said: “We have managed to break the deadlock. After several hours of discussion, we have established that the sixth sanctions package against the Russian Federation will also include sanctions on oil.

“It’s very important because today oil is one of the main sources of income that the Kremlin will later spend on the war in Ukraine,” Morawiecki continued, adding that without addressing the issue, he would be ” difficult to speak of an effective fight against President Vladimir – PAP) Putin’s war machine.”

The prime minister went on to say that despite the pessimism and scepticism, the diplomacy of the European Commission, Poland and several other member states had been effective.

“We had a special duty to persuade our partners in the Visegrad group: the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Hungary,” Morawiecki explained. “And I can say that we succeeded in doing so.

“We have shown some mechanisms to get out of this difficult situation for many, this impasse in which we have fallen, but I can say that today, once again, solidarity and unity have triumphed within the European Council and the European Union,” he added.

According to Morawiecki, the oil embargo was very important news for the security of Poland and Europe and very good news for Ukraine, which is struggling for its independence and sovereignty.

He went on to say that the bloc’s leaders had also discussed the delivery of military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and issues related to the export of grain, and that these topics would be resumed on Tuesday.

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