“We need to tighten the screws on Russia”: Duda told how to talk with Putin
The Polish leader is convinced that Russia should not be afraid. Moreover, it is necessary to provide such assistance to Ukraine so that President Putin himself asks to come to the negotiating table.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking at a meeting of Polish ambassadors, said that it is impossible for the states of Eastern Europe to take a neutral position in relation to Ukraine. According to the Polish leader, everything possible must be done to force Russia, which is waging a war of conquest, to comply with international law. And for this, she needs to “tighten the screws” and force President Putin to start a dialogue,” Duda wrote in his column for the Polish edition of Interia Wydarzenia.
President Duda is convinced that sanctions against Russia should be maintained until Ukraine says they can be lifted. Until then, sanctions pressure on Moscow should be intensified.
The head of state also said that a hub had been created on the territory of Poland, which helps to receive military aid for Ukraine from all over the world. For its part, Poland without hesitation sent military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 1.6 billion dollars, so as not to repel the attacks of the Russian army already on its territory, Duda said.
At the same time, the Polish leader believes that there is no need to be afraid of Russia, because the one who is afraid loses. Moreover, it is necessary for all countries to come to an understanding of the importance of putting pressure on the Kremlin, and not allowing Russia to save face after an open military invasion of sovereign Ukraine.
“It's a shame to hear that you can't humiliate Russia, you have to let it save face. It is Russia that attacked and kills, no one attacked Russia. Russia's stories about threats from NATO in the context of the killings in London for decades, the war in Ukraine, earlier in Georgia and Syria are disgusting propaganda,” Duda emphasized.The President of Poland added that in principle he is not against a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, he believes that it is necessary to provide such assistance to Ukraine so that Putin himself asks to come to the negotiating table.
“There is no question about not talking to Putin. We are talking about Putin wanting to talk, and not about European leaders asking the aggressor to talk. We need to tighten the screws and help Ukraine in such a way that Putin asks for a conversation,” the Polish president summed up. ident.