Poland to ban all Russian oil and gas imports, urges Germany to do more: NPR


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called his country’s ban on Russian gas, oil and coal imports the most sweeping in Europe.

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Poland to ban all Russian oil and gas imports, urges Germany to do more: NPR

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called his country’s ban on Russian gas, oil and coal imports the most sweeping in Europe.

Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said his country will ban all Russian gas, oil and coal imports by the end of the year.

Speaking to reporters outside fuel storage warehouses near Warsaw, Morawiecki called the ban the most sweeping in Europe. He said other European countries “do nothing against the war” and continue to use Russian resources.

“While others in Europe viewed Russia as a trading partner,” he said, “we saw Russia using gas and oil as a means of blackmail.”

Morawiecki pointed the finger at Germany, which relies heavily on Russian fuel. He urged Germany and other EU countries to follow Poland’s example.

Poland plans to stop importing coal from Russia in the coming weeks. He plans to cut off Russian oil and gas by December.

Poland has worked slowly for years to reduce its dependence on Russian fuel. The United States, Qatar and Norway export liquefied natural gas to a newly expanded terminal at Swinoujscie in northwestern Poland. The new pipeline bringing gas from Norway is expected to open at the end of the year. Morawiecki says Poland will also use more renewable energy.

Dawid Krawczyk contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared in the morning edition live blog.


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