Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says Warsaw is launching Europe’s most sweeping plan to ditch Russian energy
Poland is expected 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 at a conference in press on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister announced that the country plans to impose a total embargo on Russian coal in April or May, at the latest, while doing everything possible to abandon Russian imports of oil and gas by the end of the year.
Morawiecki said Poland is putting in place ‘the most radical plan in Europe to ditch Russian hydrocarbons’, saying it is essential for Europe’s recovery, accusing Russia of using its energy resources as blackmail against the EU.
“When others in Europe treated Russia as a trading partner, we knew Russia was using gas and oil as a blackmail tool. This is why we have been advocating for years to take these tools away from Putin and Russia,” Morawiecki said, urging other European nations to follow Poland’s approach.
Poland is the first EU country to propose a complete ban on Russian resources, as Russian gas still accounts for around 40% of Europe’s total consumption and many European countries are still heavily dependent on Russian oil and coal .
Russian President Vladimir Putin last week ordered the country’s central bank and energy giant Gazprom to prepare proposals for gas payments from “hostile” countries to be made in rubles – a plan that has since been rejected by the EU and G7 countries despite Moscow saying it would. not give out free gasoline.
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