BERLIN, March 22 Polish Foreign Minister
Radoslaw Sikorski has warned that sanctions against Russia - a
measure Warsaw supports in retaliation for the annexation of
Crimea - are better used as a threat than actually imposed.
Poland, which shares a border with Ukraine and Russia's
Kaliningrad enclave and is a member of the European Union and
NATO, has supported action against Moscow, including visa bans
and asset freezes on people close to President Vladimir Putin.
"Sanctions are like nuclear weapons - it is better to use
them as a threat than to deploy them," Sikorski told the
mass-circulation German daily Bild.
"But in the current situation we have no choice. We have to
weigh up the sanctions and how they will affect us. On the other
hand, doing nothing may be costlier in the long term."
Europe is especially worried that Russia may restrict its
exports of oil and gas, on which countries like Germany rely.
Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula has made
some NATO members in former communist central and eastern Europe
such as Poland anxious about their own security, prompting the
United States to reassure them that it will protect them if
needed, in line with NATO security guarantees.
(Reporting by Stephen Brown; Editing by Tom Heneghan)