Baltic States Against EU Sanctions on Poland

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have confirmed that they are against imposing EU sanctions on Poland for alleged breaches to the rule of law. 

“We would be against any punishments imposed on Poland; in this regard, all three Baltic countries think similarly,” Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kuczinskis revealed at a joint press conference with his Polish, Lithuanian and Estonian counterparts on Friday (9 March).

Lithuania’s Saulius Skvernelis said that “one must encourage dialogue and seek a compromise solution”, adding that “we understand Poland, we understand its goals related to the reform of the justice system”.

He also said that “if there were any restrictive measures imposed on Poland, Lithuania would support Poland”.

Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki thanked the Baltic trio for their support and assured them that Poland would try to “reach an agreement”. He had arrived in the Lithuanian capital from Brussels, where the previous day he presented a White Paper containing very detailed explanations of the judicial reforms.

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Reported by:  Barbara Bodalska EURACTIV Poland