Poland must be ready for black scenarios – PM Tusk
March 18, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Poland needs to prepare for a major "correction" in the geopolitical situation, PM Donald Tusk said on Monday during a meeting with regional authority heads referring to the Ukrainian-Russian crisis.
“In the face of the Ukrainian crisis also Poland must be ready for black scenarios”, Tusk said.
Like every month, the Polish PM with met regional authority heads on Monday. He said that when there is so much tension across Poland’s eastern border a lot depends on the local officials.
We have to review all the procedures, reserves and supplies together in the context of threats that can result from escalation of the Eastern conflict, including larger wave of migrants, Tusk said.
Nearly 97% of voters in Crimea have supported splitting from Ukraine and joining Russia in a disputed referendum on Sunday. Many Crimeans loyal to Kiev boycotted the referendum, and the EU and US condemned it as illegal.
Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said that "The crawling annexation of Crimea is breaking international norms."
Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski called it an "anschluss," referring to Germany's annexation of Austria in WWII. "Russia leaves us no choice," he said.
The European Union Monday imposed sanctions on 21 Russian and Ukrainian officials deemed guilty of orchestrating the Crimea referendum.
The White House followed up an hour later with a list of its own, targeting seven top Russian government officials and politicians and four Crimea-based separatist leaders accused of undermining the "democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine”.