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Poland’s ambassador to the United States told Fox News he believes Russia has military ambitions beyond Ukraine and has called for decades-long economic sanctions against Putin’s regime.
“I think Ukraine is not the last item on Mr. Putin’s menu,” said Ambassador Marek Magierowski, who spoke to Fox News from the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC.
“We have to be ready and determined to maintain the sanctions. Maybe even for a decade or for 15 years or for 20 years, in order to see the real effects,” Magierowski said.
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Magierowski told Fox News that Poland announced on Thursday that it would increase its own military spending to 3% of the country’s GDP.
Saturday marked the tenth day since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale war against Ukraine.
Magierowski said Poland and other former Soviet satellite republics have always been weary of Putin’s ambitions.
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“We have always been right about Russia and about Mr. Putin. Unlike other countries, I mean Poland, Romania, the Baltics, we have never had any doubts about neo-imperial ambitions of the Russian president,” Magierowski said.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met virtually with US senators, pleading with lawmakers to send in additional lethal aid.
Magierowski echoed Zelenskyy’s sentiment that Ukraine needs more arms support.
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“Ukraine is not a native member state, so technically, formally and legally we cannot defend as an ally if we cannot defend Ukraine militarily,” Magierowski said. “But within the framework of international cooperation, I think we can continue to deliver weapons to Ukraine.”
The Russian invasion prompted 1.4 million refugees to flee the violence, according to reports. Many of them crossed the border between Ukraine and Poland.
“There are now around 700,000 Ukrainian refugees who have crossed the border since the outbreak of hostilities,” Magierowski said.
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The Polish ambassador pointed out that although the country hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees, Poland has not built a single refugee camp. Magierowski says it’s because the Polish people have welcomed refugees into their home.
“This is probably the first ever refugee crisis in Europe in which no refugee camps have been set up,” he said.
“And all those Ukrainians who arrived in Poland were admitted to Polish homes, which is quite remarkable and really impressive.”