The next, 11th, package of European Union sanctions against Russia should be adopted within the next two months, despite the "fatigue" of this topic in a number of EU countries.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said this in an interview with RMF.FM.
As the head of the Polish government noted, the next packages of EU sanctions against the Russian Federation are "very necessary". At the same time, it is also important to intensify the sanctions that have been adopted to date.
"Therefore, Poland acts in a double manner: on the one hand, we immediately point out to the European Commission the holes and loopholes that Russia uses, and on the other hand, we are among those countries that direct the next package of sanctions," Morawiecki emphasized.
Asked when the 11th package of sanctions will be adopted, the Polish prime minister expressed hope that "within the next two months."
He admitted that today there is "less desire for further sanctions" in Brussels. He explained this by "fatigue of the material".
"Therefore, Poland's task is to convince European partners that what is happening in Ukraine is absolutely unacceptable, that we are living in a key historical moment and we must respond accordingly," Morawiecki stressed.
He noted that he is cautiously optimistic about convincing European colleagues of the need for another set of sanctions against Russia.
According to Morawiecki, the preparation of the 11th package of sanctions is currently underway.
The Polish Prime Minister expressed hope that the European Commission will take seriously the issue of imposing sanctions against about 150 Russian propagandists who spread hatred towards Ukraine and Ukrainians. At the same time, sanctions against Russia for the abduction and deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia, in his opinion, should be a "catalyst" for those countries that are hesitating about the need to introduce them.
"This is such a brutal phenomenon that we must react as the EU," the Polish Prime Minister emphasized.
The Prime Minister of Poland also stated that the EU countries do not have enough ammunition, that Kyiv needs them on the front "here and now", and the ability to quickly produce them. Therefore, the EU should purchase them from third countries.
"In Brussels, Polishinel's secret (a secret everyone knows about - ed.) is that there is no ammunition in Europe. But there are several places in the world, including South Korea, Israel, where there are much more of these munitions. Therefore, I expect that our joint talks - the European Commission and several key countries, in particular Poland, Germany, France - will lead to the quick receipt of ammunition, as Ukraine needs them here and now," Morawiecki emphasized.
He assured that he would convince skeptical countries, such as France, about the European Union's joint purchase of ammunition for Ukraine in third countries, because they are needed "very quickly."
"Since we don't have enough ammunition in Europe, we have to buy it from abroad," the Polish Prime Minister emphasized.
He added that this is exactly what Poland is doing now, which purchases modern weapons from South Korea and the USA.
Morawiecki also said that both enterprises of the state-owned Polish Arms Group (PGZ) and private defense companies can count on an increase in defense orders for the production of more ammunition.
He noted that not only the Polish defense company Dezamet S.A., which will be visited by European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton on Monday, but also other Polish enterprises in the field of defense industry will be able to receive defense orders from the EU.
"Not only this company can count on new orders, on European funds. In this facility and in other enterprises in Poland, we will install new technological lines for the production of ammunition. It will take a little more time, and in this enterprise we will try to increase the production of ammunition many times as quickly as possible," the head of the Polish government emphasized.
He noted that he is also counting on various initiatives with the participation of private enterprises that will be able to quickly produce this kind of products.
Morawiecki noted that he had spoken with the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, and he said that two private German companies, with the support of the federal government, would be able to produce more ammunition.
"We want to do the same thing: PGZ and private production," emphasized the Prime Minister of Poland.
The head of the Polish government drew attention to the fact that so many missiles and artillery shells are being used at the front in Ukraine today that it is "difficult to imagine." He said: daily the Armed Forces use 2-6 thousand shells, while the Russians use 20-60 thousand.
"Therefore, this production must be adequate to the needs," Morawiecki stated.