Russia sanctions would be tougher than those from 2014, says Polish PM

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Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks with the media as he arrives for the EU-Africa summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium February 17, 2022. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool via REUTERS

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WARSAW, Feb 18 (Reuters) - European nations are preparing sanctions against Russia that will be much harsher than those imposed after the 2014 annexation of Crimea, Poland's prime minister said on Friday.

"We are constructing a package of concrete sanctions, which are to be much stronger than thos from 2014," Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference in Brussels broadcast by state-owned news channel TVP.

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Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz

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