Polish president in Riga urges continued sanctions against Russia
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s president on Wednesday urged continued international sanctions against Russia and said his country opposed any steps that could lead to a “reset in relations” with Moscow.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (left) and Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis (right) hold a joint press conference after meeting in Riga on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/TOMS KALNINS
Andrzej Duda was speaking in Riga where he met his Latvian counterpart Raimond Vejonis for talks about issues including security.
Speaking at a press conference after the talks, Duda said that both he and Vejonis were in favour of maintaining dialogue with Russia rather than "isolating" the country, but added that "for obvious reasons" -- including Russia’s occupation of Ukrainian territory and its "aggressive, provocative behaviour" -- this dialogue should not be taken to a higher level.
"We [both] think it should stay at the same level, and we also think that sanctions should be maintained; and we will certainly be against any action that could lead to a reset in relations with Russia," Duda said, as quoted by Poland’s PAP news agency.
Earlier in the day, the Polish leader received Latvia’s highest state decoration, the Order of the Three Stars, in recognition of his contribution to the country’s security and defence, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
During his three-day visit to Latvia, Duda is on Thursday scheduled to visit a Polish military contingent stationed in that country and meet Poles living in the city of Daugavpils.