Polish PM takes part in European Council video call on Ukraine crisis – The First News

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and several of his counterparts took part in a videoconference with European Council President Charles Michel regarding the current situation in Ukraine.

The virtual meeting, which was also attended by the prime ministers of Finland, Greece, the Netherlands and Slovakia, focused on the need to help Ukraine as the country faces the threat of a Russian invasion.

According to a statement from the Government Information Center (CIR) released on Monday, intensive discussions are underway within the EU regarding the imposition of possible sanctions on Russia if it decides to take aggressive action against the Ukraine. The package of measures must be jointly agreed and adopted by member states of the bloc.

The CIR also said that on February 1, the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, presented a proposal for emergency macro-financial assistance (MFA) of 1.2 billion euros to Ukraine, under which MFA funds would be made available to the country in the form of long-term loans on favorable terms.

“They will contribute to strengthening Ukraine’s macroeconomic stability and overall resilience in the context created by the sharp increase in geopolitical uncertainty and its impact on the economic situation,” the statement said.

European leaders are increasingly concerned about the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is threatening military action if his demands are not met, including a NATO promise that Ukraine will never become a member of the alliance.

On Thursday, Russia began military exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea.

Christi C. Elwood