Poland bans Russian coal imports – POLITICO

Poland on Tuesday banned coal imports from Russia on national security grounds. according to to government spokesman Piotr Müller.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Poland has been asking the EU to stop imports of Russian gas, coal and oil – a position not supported by some other EU countries such as Germany. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during last week’s EU summit that Poland was ready to take such a step “almost immediately”.

Poland imports about a fifth of its coal – 75 percent of it comes from Russia to the Forum Energii, a think tank. The gas import contract with Gazprom expires at the end of the year. Warsaw is also a major importer of Russian crude oil.

Poland had previously insisted it would first need approval from the European Commission – which is responsible for EU trade – to block coal, but said on Tuesday it would go it alone.

“We are aware of that [the ban] possibly legally questionable. These doubts are justified, but we can no longer wait for the EU’s reaction,” said Müller. “I admit with regret that the EU has not decided on such a measure.”

He added that Warsaw is worried about being dragged before the Court of Justice of the European Union over its decision.

The European Commission did not respond to a request for comment.

Also published on Tuesday Warsaw an update on its National Energy Policy 2040, which includes measures to diversify oil and gas sources.

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