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West's response may stop further Russian actions in Ukraine: Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday it seems that measures adopted by the European Union and the United States will succeed in preventing further Russian interference in Ukraine. "It looks like the measured stance of the EU, the United States and probably Poland is starting to yield positive results," Tusk said at news conference. "It seems that it will be possible to stop Russia from undertaking other acts of aggression and interference on the territory of Ukraine," he said.

Russia faces new sanctions over contact group snub, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Europe will impose tougher sanctions on Russia next week if there is no sign in the next few days that Moscow is willing to engage in a "contact group" to seek a diplomatic solution for Ukraine.

German reliance on Russian gas threatens Europe

Germany's reliance on Russian natural gas poses a threat to European sovereignty, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned Monday amid rising East-West tensions over Ukraine. "Germany's reliance on Russian gas can effectively limit European sovereignty. I have no doubt," Tusk told reporters, days ahead of a Warsaw visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The top European economy buys around one third of its oil and gas from Russia and has extensive trade and investment links with the vast country to the east.

EU should sign deal with Ukraine urgently: Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - The European Union should urgently sign an association agreement with Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday. "I propose the urgent signing of the association agreement. There is a chance. But the opposition will be strong," Tusk said in a post on Twitter. (Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Writing by Christian Lowe)

Poland's Tusk says must stop Crimea crisis expanding to regional conflict

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Sunday it was essential to prevent Russia's seizure of Crimea expanding into a wider regional conflict. "We should be able to stop Russia in its aggressive moves precisely in order to avoid a conflict," Tusk told reporters on Sunday after an extraordinary meeting with party leaders. But he said doing nothing was also not an option.

Polish official in 'Heil Hitler' outburst quits party roles

WARSAW (Reuters) - A senior politician with Poland's ruling party accused of drunkenly shouting "Heil Hitler!" at a German customs officer apologized on Friday and stepped down as head of his party's group in the European parliament. Jacek Protasiewicz, by his own account, drank two bottles of wine on a flight from Warsaw to Frankfurt, and then got into an argument with the customs officer as he tried to leave the airport terminal.

Polish senior official in trouble for 'Hitler' outburst at German airport

By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday he is considering the future of a senior party ally who is alleged to have drunkenly shouted "Heil Hitler!" at a German airport official. The incident involving Jacek Protasiewicz, vice-president of the European parliament, is embarrassing for Poland because it has been trying to put aside wartime animosities to build a close relationship with Germany.

EU envoys in Kiev find 'willingness for early elections': Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers who met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday found a willingness to call early elections to resolve the violent stand-off with the opposition, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk told a news conference.

EU envoys in Kiev find 'willingness for early elections': Polish PM

WARSAW (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers who met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday found a willingness to call early elections to resolve the violent stand-off with the opposition, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk told a news conference.

Polish PM to urge EU sanctions on Ukraine

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Wednesday he will call on the European Union to impose sanctions on Ukraine after deadly clashes between protesters and police. "I will today speak to the heads of EU countries to ask them to impose sanctions," Tusk told parliament. mc/ea/cc/mfp
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