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Half of Europe trades with Russia and Belarus, sanctions should not be fictitious - Tusk

Half of Europe trades with Russia and Belarus, sanctions should not be fictitious - Tusk Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Half of Europe continues to trade with Russia and Belarus. EU sanctions against Russia should not be mere lip service, according to the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk.

"Half of Europe still trades with Russia and Belarus, with many companies, including those in Poland, successfully circumventing sanctions. It seems that no one is truly interested in strictly adhering to them," he said.

Tusk also reminded about frozen Russian assets, which, in his opinion, would be sufficient to ensure Ukraine's victory in the war.

When asked why they cannot be used, the Prime Minister of Poland said: "Because in those capitals where we hear loud pro-Ukrainian words, there seem to be some problems when it comes to action, for example, when we talk about taking these Russian assets and handing them over to Ukraine."

Poland's stance on the war

Poland was one of the first European countries to support Ukraine at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Warsaw provided military, financial, and humanitarian aid, supported EU sanctions against Russia, as well as accepted thousands of refugees.

However, since the end of last year, tensions have arisen between Poland and Ukraine, with Polish farmers and carriers starting to block the border.

In February, protests at the Polish-Ukrainian border intensified. Crossing points are being blocked by farmers, who have also spilled Ukrainian grain several times.

Recently, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced alleged negotiations on the temporary closure of the border for goods exchange. However, Ukraine claims that no such negotiations have been taking place.