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Sikorski: ‘Ukraine’s integrity should be restored’

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John Beauchamp 28.07.2014 16:13
Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has said that “Ukraine’s integrity must be restored,” and that “tougher sanctions should be enforced” on Russia following the MH17 catastrophe.

From left: UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Defence Minister Michael Fallon, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak during the Polish-British bi-lateral ministerial meeting. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

Sikorski added that responsibility for the shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine should be borne by “those who supplied the weapons”.

The comments come after a bilateral Polish-British meeting between the countries’ foreign and defence ministers in Warsaw, Monday, as well as ongoing talks between EU ambassadors in Brussels over deepening sanctions against Russia.

Foreign Minister Sikorski and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak met their opposite numbers, Philip Hammond and Michael Fallon repectively.

Both British secretaries of state are newcomers to Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet following a recent shakedown earlier in July.

Sikorski told journalists, Monday afternoon, that the joint talks between the foreign and defence ministers centred around the development of events in Ukraine and the need to “take a quick decision” over sanctions on Russia after the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 people on board.

“We believe that sanctions should be imposed as the responsibility for this tragedy is held by those people – the Russian Federation – who supplied and continue to supply advanced weaponry to so-called ‘separatists’,” Sikorski said.

Ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at the beginning of September, Sikorski said that it is crucial to beef up the eastern flanks of the Transatlantic partnership. “It is time to feel just as safe in Poland as in our other partners in the alliance,” Poland’s foreign minister underlined.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said that the UK and Poland stand “arm in arm” over the crisis in Ukraine.

Fallon added that the events in Poland’s eastern neighbour “underline the importance of NATO, which is the backbone of Poland’s and the UK’s security.”

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said that the shooting down of the Malaysian jetliner “may amount to a war crime”.

The announcement comes as continued fighting in eastern Ukraine again prevented an international task force from gaining access to the MH17 crash site. (jb)

Source: PAP/BBC

A man mourns at the roadside near Horlivka, Ukraine, 27 July 2014. According to reports, Ukrainian army has taken measures to regain control over Horlivka, a town considered a separatist stronghold. Photo: PAP/EPA/IGOR KOVALENKO

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