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Kopacz: sanctions against Russia should be successive

If the Minsk Agreement is not observed, Europe will impose the third package of sanctions.

During the meeting in Bratislava the heads of the Visegrad Group – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – have discussed the issue of energy security and tense situation in the east of Ukraine.

Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz stressed the importance of assistance to Ukraine.

In her opinion, it is a significant challenge for the European Union and the entire international community. The head of the Polish government said that the Eastern Partnership program, which also applies to Ukraine, will be a test for the Community in foreign policy.

Ewa Kopacz also said that the meeting in Bratislava ended in a declaration on joint security adopted by the prime ministers of the Visegrad Group. Ewa Kopacz said that security should be strengthened in order "to build a sense of security for citizens, as well as a sense of trust in relations with our allies."

The head of the Polish government also recalled that Poland has always supported the position of successive steps regarding sanctions against Russia. Kopacz noted that the sanctions bring the desired results and are the only effective means of pressure. Restrictions affect the Russian economy in a very painful way. The head of the Polish government believes their adoption is the only way to stop what is happening in Ukraine.

Ewa Kopacz said that he doubted the sincerity of the Russian president. In her opinion, the EU should be ready for the next steps. If the Minsk Agreement is not observed, the EU should introduce the third round of sanctions. "This is Poland's position in this matter," she said.