The main events of the week: 11/06/2022 – Polish editorial

POLAND PROMOTES SUPPORT FOR UKRANE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday he set out on a journey to the countries of Southern Europe. The purpose of the visit to Portugal, Italy and Romania is to strengthen the region’s political support for Ukraine. On the flight to Italy, Andrzej Duda said that although Rome had already supported the status of Ukraine’s candidate for the European Union, it is a capital with significant influence in the Community.

The president admitted that talks are also underway with Paris and Berlin on the recognition of Ukraine’s candidacy for the Community. As Andrzej Duda added, president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky asked him to raise the matter with the Danish authorities.

The president also spoke to President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Even before the meetings in southern Europe started, the Polish president had a telephone conversation of almost half an hour with the American leader Joe Biden, dedicated to the Bucharest Nine and NATO summits and the situation in Ukraine, as well as ways to strengthen Poland’s security.

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON THE FOOD AND ENERGY CRISIS

Charles Michel, Head of the European Council he said in the European Parliament that Russia uses food as a weapon in war. In Strasbourg, representatives of the European Commission discussed the conclusions of the last Council meeting with Members of the European Parliament. EU leaders approved the sixth package of sanctions against Russia.

In Strasbourg, the food crisis was an important thread in the debate. Charles Michel emphasized that Russia is deliberately trying to lead to world hunger: “They are stealing grain, blocking ports and turning farmlands into battlefields. More than 20 million tons of grain, wheat and maize are trapped in Ukraine. This is disrupting world food security, leading to higher prices and hunger in the world.”

There was also energy security in Strasbourg. European leaders decided at a Council meeting to impose an embargo on 90 percent of Russia’s oil by the end of the year.

The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen she said the EU should also give up Russian gas – by looking for other sources, investing in renewable energy, but also saving energy: “I would like to share a calculation that impressed me: if we were in the European Union the average heating temperature during the year by just two degrees, the savings would be equal to the total transmission of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

The Council also decided to strengthen defense cooperation between EU countries and to continue to transfer support to Ukrainians. During the debate in the European Parliament, the topic of the National Reconstruction Plan for Poland returned to the topic – some MEPs called on the Commission not to pay Poland money from the KPO until all rule of law procedures were clarified. She was critical of these voices European Parliament Member for Law and Justice, Beata Szydło.

There was also a speech on the agenda President of the Ukrainian Supreme Council, Ruslan Stefanczukwho called for Ukraine to be granted candidate status to the European Union.

POLISH-AUSTRIAN RELATIONS

“We need to work on the next seventh package of sanctions against Russia,” he said Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau† The head of Polish diplomacy spoke on the subject in Warsaw on Tuesday with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg

In the opinion of Zbigniew Rau, the European Union should completely stop importing Russian gas and petrochemical products and exclude all banks from Russia and Belarus: “Austria’s foreign minister said the EU should have a “united front” create with regard to the fact that his country does not support all the solutions proposed by Poland at the moment: “We depend to a certain extent on Russia, I am talking about some Member States in terms of gas supply. Are we happy with it? Of course not. Would we like it differently? Naturally!. But we cannot solve this problem overnight.”

The sixth package of sanctions against Russia, agreed at the last European Council meeting, includes: phasing out the embargo on Russian oil.

Alexander Schallenberg praised Poland for the help our country provides to Ukrainians. The politician noted that Austria will continue to receive Ukrainian refugees – in the coming days, among other things, to Vienna, a group of oncology patients from Ukraine arrives. The head of Austrian diplomacy added that his country would also continue to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but ruled out arms transfers to Ukrainians.

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