Source: Republic of Poland in English
Poland will support international initiatives to enhance sanctions against Russia in the face of Moscow’s recent actions against Ukraine on the Sea of Azov, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, on Tuesday.
The Polish President was speaking at a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev.
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Andrzej Duda said he had no doubt Russia was the aggressor in Ukraine and that it “violated international law and the Russia-Ukraine agreements concerning navigation on the Sea of Azov.”
“It is something that can’t be accepted and Poland completely disagrees with such actions,” President Duda said, appealing for the “restoration of order and de-escalation of the conflict.”
“We appeal for the observance of international law. The Ukrainian sailors who have been taken prisoner by Russian forces must be freed, and, likewise, the ships that Russia has detained must be returned to Ukraine,” Andrzej Duda stressed.
Asked whether he supported a stricter regime of sanctions against Russia due to the recent events, Andrzej Duda said that Poland will “support such initiatives, as we are ready to take every action to end this conflict.” “People are dying, there are huge concerns over security and I have no doubt we need to do everything to solve the issue,” President Duda added.
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Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were officially greeted in Sofia by the Bulgarian President, Rumen Radev and his wife. (PAP/AW)