Germany is blind to Putin’s criminal policies, says former Polish foreign minister

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The former Polish foreign minister and current Law and Justice (PiS) MEP, Witold Waszczykowski, said that Russia continuously violates international norms and participates in imperialist actions, but Germany will take no action due to its strong ties to Russia.

Waszczykowski spoke in context of the conflict in Ukraine and Russia’s engagement with it.

“Ukraine will not win a war with Russia through military means. This is why, in addition to ensuring defensive measures for the country, we should also spend time on supporting Ukraine politically,” he said in an interview for Polish Radio.

He explained that one of the methods of strengthening Ukraine politically would be the imposition of harmful sanctions on Russia and forcing Moscow to abandon its imperial policy and return the territories it has taken.

“Is this possible? Of course. There are no deficits to impacting Russia, there is only a deficit of will and determination on how to coerce Russia,” Waszczykowski said.

He pointed out that there already is an idea circling around the European Parliament to kick Russia out of the SWIFT financial system. Another solution could be the imposition of sanctions on political associates which directly support Putin and live off of his policies, such as Russian oligarchs and businesses.