The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has accused Germany and France of a “strong inclination” towards Moscow and has demanded that Germany halt its oil purchases from Russia while it is at war in Ukraine.
“You can’t constantly support a great power like Russia with billions in payments from the purchase of energy,” said Jarosław Kaczyński, who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister. “This is politically and morally inadmissible, it must come to an end, and Germany should finally take a clear position on this,” said Kaczyński world on Sunday in an interview.
Kaczyński pointed out that Russia’s oil revenues are four to five times higher than gas business and could be switched to another supplier; This would be more difficult for Russian gas.
Kaczyński’s comments echo those of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who last week released a 10-point plan to save Ukraine agreed with Slovenia and the Czech Republic and published by POLITICO. First and foremost is the demand to stop payments for oil, gas and coal “as soon as possible”, wrote Morawiecki.
But Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned that abandoning Russian oil and gas would trigger a recession. Instead, Germany’s Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck suggested on Wednesday that Germans should turn down their thermostats by a degree or two.
In addition, Kaczyński called on the US to significantly increase its military presence in Europe – from 100,000 to 150,000 – with 75,000 stationed permanently on the border with Russia.
He also called for a new NATO command center in Poland: “That would be a clear signal to Moscow … that the NATO leadership is now also present in the East.”
“Basically” the Eastern European region could also permanently store US nuclear weapons, but a decision on this would have to come from Washington.
https://www.politico.eu/article/polands-kaczynski-criticizes-germany-energy-russia/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Pole Kaczyński criticizes Germany's refusal to sever energy ties with Russia – POLITICO