Morawiecki calls for total ban on Russian fossil fuels

Morawiecki and Michel met near the Polish-Ukrainian border to discuss eastern Europe’s current military and humanitarian situation. [EPA-EFE/Tomasz Gzell]

The European Commission should ban imports on Russian fossil fuels, starting with coal, Polish Prime Mateusz Morawiecki said during a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday.

Morawiecki and Michel met near the Polish-Ukrainian border to discuss eastern Europe’s current military and humanitarian situation.

The politicians met in Jesionka in the East of Poland and then went to the Korczowa-Krakowiec border crossing between Poland and Ukraine.

The Polish PM said there is a dire need for peace in Ukraine, and help is needed to address the refugee situation. According to Poland, the European Commission should ban imports of fossil fuels from Russia, including coal, he added.

Michel thanked the Polish people for their hospitality towards Ukrainian refugees, adding that the goal of his visit was to show solidarity with the Ukrainian and Polish people.

Both politicians agreed that the sanctions against Russia should be as severe as possible. Michel announced that the EU would allocate €500 million to spend on humanitarian aid.

“We are obligated to help our neighbours, and we will do so. We organised a humanitarian corridor, we have sped up all procedures, which could have been sped up. I am in contact with the prime minister and the president of Ukraine to help those poor people trying to escape war,” said Morawiecki.

The refugees in Poland are given food and shelter and boxes of humanitarian aid are piling up in the cities near the border with Ukraine.

According to reports, 500,000 Ukrainians fled their country, of which 377,000 are in Poland.

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