The sanctions against the aggressor country must be tightened, while responses to its rash actions, whether in the Sea of Azov or elsewhere in the world, should be mirror-like. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz.
The Head of Government noted that our countries have a historical mission to be together. And today, against the background of a hybrid aggression against Ukraine, effective partner support is especially relevant. "Russia's aggression against Ukraine and Ukrainian democracy affects not only our state, but also other Western countries. And I offer our partners to develop a tit-for-tat action against Russia. I ask you to raise this issue at the level of the European Union, and I will personally talk about that in Brussels during my negotiations with the EU leadership in mid-December. I think that mirror-like actions can be effective", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
According to him, if Russian troops stop ships flying the flags of different countries in the Kerch Strait, then Russian ships must be stopped in the waters of other countries.
The same applies to the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. If the Russians resorted to gas blackmail in Ukraine, then they would probably be blackmailing Europe. "And this is the first risk of this project, which must be kept in mind. Not to mention the economic losses of other countries, which today engage in gas transit", told Volodymyr Groysman.
According to the Head of Government, a lot must be done, so that the Russian Federation abandons its aggressive actions. And this will be a significant contribution to the security of the entire region.
In turn, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said, "I recently spoke with the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. She expressed solidarity with Ukraine at this difficult time." According to the Minister, the Republic of Poland also supports the policy of retaliatory sanctions against the aggressor country, demonstrates non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea, the condemnation of hybrid aggression and counteracting projects such as Nord Stream 2.
During the conversation, the sides also touched upon issues of economic cooperation, the course of reforms, the exchange of experience in the process of reforms, especially in the context of decentralization, and the possibility of construction of additional border crossing points.
"The issue of crossborder cooperation is within our capabilities", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Republic of Poland is one of the largest Ukraine’s regional and world partners. Poland was the first country to recognize Ukraine's independence in 1991.
Poland remains Ukraine's largest trading partner among Central and Eastern European countries, the second European Union’s market and fourth trade partner in terms of export and import operations worldwide. In January-October 2018, the volume of goods turnover amounted to $5.7 billion. The tendency for further growth of the volume of bilateral trade with Poland is maintained.
The main export items are ferrous metals, electric machines, ores, wood and wood products, furniture. The key import items are mineral fuels, oil and distillation products, products of the chemical industry. The main areas of Polish investments encapsulate financial and insurance activities, manufacturing, metal products, trade, wood products manufacturing, paper production and printing products.