Poland to end all Russian fossil fuel imports — Analysis

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claims that Warsaw will launch the most radical European plan to give up Russian energy

Poland is set to end all Russian energy imports, including oil, gas and coal by the end of 2022, according to a statement made by the country’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, during a press conference on Wednesday.

Prime Minister announced that Russia plans to place a complete embargo on Russian coal by April or May at the latest. The country will also do everything to eliminate Russian oil and gas imports before the end of this year.

Morawiecki stated that Poland is introducing “the most radical plan in Europe to abandon Russian hydrocarbons,” saying that it’s essential for the recovery of Europe, accusing Russia of using its energy resources as blackmail against the EU.

“When others in Europe were treating Russia as a business partner, we knew that Russia was using gas and oil as a tool for blackmail. That is why we have been arguing for years to take these tools away from Putin and Russia,” said Morawiecki, urging other European nations to follow Poland’s approach.

EU rejects Moscow’s ruble-for-gas demand

Poland is the first EU country to propose a complete ban of Russian resources, as Russian gas still accounts for some 40% of Europe’s total consumption and many European nations are still heavily reliant on Russian oil and coal.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s central bank and energy giant Gazprom to prepare proposals to have gas payments from “unfriendly” countries made in rubles – a plan that has since been rejected by the EU and G7 countries despite Moscow saying it will not give away gas for free.

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