Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the oil embargo against Russia is a "contentious point," making an agreement on the next round of European Union sanctions difficult.
Speaking to CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Morawiecki said that Poland is "working towards unity" around the oil embargo but that it is challenging for some countries without sea access, citing Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic.
"I can imagine that we can have a compromise amongst the 27 countries so the oil embargo is imposed more quickly and some bottlenecks for them can be eliminated with the help of the European budget," he said.
Morawiecki added that some EU countries might not be as vocal and "hide behind" the back of Hungarian leader Viktor Orban.
Asked about the next stage of EU sanctions, Morawiecki stressed that what would hurt Russia most would be the confiscation of Russian assets.
"The next stage — the most critical — is confiscating oligarchs' money, confiscating Russian Federation assets, because this is the real pain which Russia is going to feel, and the perpetrator should bear the cost of the war," he said, adding that "all the sanctions are important, but if we really want the sanctions to be painful for the aggressor, for the war criminals, we should seize the assets of the Russian Federation."
Morawiecki called the current crisis "a turning moment in the history of Europe, potentially even the whole world," urging for further financial, military and humanitarian aid so that this "colonial, imperial, nationalistic power called Russia is not succeeding, because if it is, then it’s a clear sign for some other potential aggressors that they could do the same."