Polish and German Lawmakers Demand Sanctions for Russia and Arms for Ukraine – English Section

The leaders of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and European Affairs Committees of the Polish Sejm and the German Bundestag released a joint statement following a meeting earlier this week, Polish news agency PAP reported.

“Shock, outrage and opposition”

Polish and German MPs said in the statement that they were “shocked and filled with outrage and opposition … to the enormous human suffering and destruction caused by Russia” in Ukraine.

They called on the international community “to do everything in its power to stop the bestial acts of the aggressor on Ukrainian territory”.

“Ban Russian Oil”

Polish and German lawmakers called on the European Union “to impose much broader sanctions against Russia”, in particular “to decree an embargo on Russian oil as soon as possible”.

Furthermore, the statement expresses support for “Ukraine’s aspiration to join the EU” and calls for “military and humanitarian assistance” for Poland’s beleaguered eastern neighbor.

“European solidarity is possible”, says Polish MP FM

Commenting on the joint statement, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk told PAP news agency that it was “a very important statement”.

He noted that the German signatories represented all three parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.

Szynkowski vel Sęk observed that the statement went “further than the decisions of the German cabinet so far”.

He said the statement issued by Polish and German lawmakers “is a sign that European countries can achieve solidarity” in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Let’s hope that the German government will take decisions in the same spirit of solidarity,” he added.

Friday is day 51 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAP, sejm.gov.pl