- Title: Poland wants to keep sanctions against Russia over Crimea
- Date: 31st August 2019
- Summary: ZELENSKIY AND DUDA ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH PRESIDENT, ANDRZEJ DUDA, SAYING: "I assured Mr. President (ed's note: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy) that he can count on me when it comes to the sovereignty, independence and integrity of Ukraine's territory. I also assured Mr. President that my stance, as a representative of Poland, has always been unambiguous: Ukraine needs to go back to the territorial integrity as it used to have before 2014 (ed's note: Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine)." UKRAINIAN AND POLISH FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) POLISH PRESIDENT, ANDRZEJ DUDA, SAYING: "Our stance towards Russia, in this context is very clear: we absolutely do not accept it (ed's note: Russia's annexation of the Crimea region). We think that the politics of sanctions needs to continue as it is the most peaceful way to force the country to follow the standards of international law." OFFICIALS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY, SAYING: "Today, I have sincerely thanked Poland and the whole Polish nation for all the support given during this difficult time of Russian aggression. I thank you (inaudible), I thank you for your readiness to protect the international law. We value highly the principled stand, the decisiveness, and the high professionalism of your representatives at the U.N. Security Council, European Union, NATO and other international organizations. We have coordinated the next steps to stop the war in eastern Ukraine." ZELENSKIY SHAKING HANDS WITH DUDA
- Embargoed: 14th September 2019 15:17
- Keywords: President Andrzej Duda Russia Poland sanctions Ukraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
- Location: WARSAW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003AUJTSG7
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- Story Text: President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday (August 31) that Poland saw a need to maintain Western sanctions against Russia over its 2014 annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine.
During a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Duda also said Ukraine should have closer relations with the European Union and the NATO military alliance.
The EU and the United States have both imposed sanctions on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said it would be appropriate to have Russia rejoin what used to be the G8 group of advanced economies, from which Russia was excluded in 2014 over Crimea's annexation and for backing pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
But the European Council president on August 24 rebuffed Trump's suggestion, saying there were even more reasons than before for keeping Moscow out.
(Production: Dato Chkhikvishvili, Malgorzata Wojtunik)
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