Poland has reduced oil imports from Russia to 10% and plans to almost completely abandon supplies from Russia in March.
Poland, which has been actively supporting our country since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, intends to almost completely stop importing Russian oil in February-March 2023. This is reported by Reuters.
According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, at the beginning of 2023, imports from Russia have already dropped to 10%.
“And in February-March, according to the information I receive, there will be 0%, so the figure is close to zero,” he said.
At the same time, the publication recalls that a year ago, Poland pledged to stop using Russian oil by the end of 2022. At that time, the Polish oil company PKN Orlen had a long-term contract with Rosneft, which expired at the end of 2022, and an agreement with Tatneft until 2024.
The Polish prime minister also added that the country could no longer receive contracted oil from Russia, but must pay for it. At the same time, he noted that Poland was the most active in proposing the introduction of oil sanctions against Russia.
“What, we shouldn’t have taken those last 10% of oil from Russia? But we would have to pay for it anyway,” Morawiecki stressed.
It is noteworthy that Mateusz Morawiecki made his statement after PKN Orlen announced on February 25, 2023 that Russia had unexpectedly stopped pumping oil to Poland through the northern branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline.
Recall that on February 5, the West imposed an embargo on the import of petroleum products from the Russian Federation. But the restrictions do not apply to Russian deliveries to third countries. Meanwhile, in Russia itself, as Focus wrote earlier, the prerequisites for an economic crisis are growing – the budget deficit is growing, as the aggressor is affected by the restriction of oil prices and the embargo on Russian oil products in the EU.
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