Polish Foreign Minister Advocates for a Firm Stance Against Putin

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.03 - 2024 11:34 AM CET

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Polish Foreign Minister Advocates for a Firm Stance Against Putin.

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In a significant statement on January 3, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski urged for a robust response to Russia's recent aggressive actions in Ukraine.

Highlighting the need for a 'language' that Russian President Vladimir Putin understands, Sikorski called for the provision of long-range missiles to Ukraine and the imposition of tighter sanctions against Russia.

This call to action comes in the wake of a massive strike by Russian forces on Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kyiv Oblast, and Kharkiv, which resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries to 130 others.

Sikorski's stance reflects growing concerns over regional security, especially considering Poland's proximity to Ukraine. The minister's comments underscore the urgency of the situation and the need for decisive action from Ukraine's allies. His proposal for long-range missiles aims to empower Ukraine in targeting Russian launch sites and command centers, a strategic move to counter the escalating conflict.

The situation is further complicated by incidents such as the brief entry of a Russian missile into Polish airspace during an attack on December 29, a claim denied by Moscow. This incident led to the scrambling of Polish jet fighters during the January 2 strike, highlighting the direct impact of the conflict on neighboring countries.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova echoed Sikorski's sentiments, emphasizing the importance of providing Ukraine with the necessary means for self-defense. Her comments contrast with the current Slovak government's policy, which has halted arms supplies to Ukraine.

The international community, including EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink, has condemned Russia's latest mass attack against Ukraine. These developments point to a growing consensus on the need for a stronger stance against Russian aggression and the importance of supporting Ukraine in its ongoing struggle for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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