Poland intends to completely abandon the import of Russian oil by the end of this year.
The political confrontation between the West and Russia led to the fact that the German authorities were forced to introduce an emergency regime of natural gas consumption due to a decrease in its supplies from the Russian Federation.
Today, the German Federal government is discussing the possible introduction of a limit on the use of gas in everyday life and at work. Similar measures are being introduced by the governments of Italy and Latvia, anticipating interruptions in energy supplies.
The Minister of Economy and Climate Problems in the German government, Robert Habeck, stressed at a press conference that the country’s gas supply is stable today, but urged citizens and companies to reduce consumption, noting that “every kilowatt-hour counts,” since Germany’s gas storage facilities are only a quarter full.
“The question of how long [we] will have enough gas depends on several factors, such as the level of consumption and weather conditions. If the heating [of houses and buildings] is intense, the storages will be empty,” the minister said.
Following Germany, the Greek authorities are holding an emergency meeting with energy suppliers.
Meanwhile, in the context of sanctions imposed by the West against Moscow, including restrictions in the energy sector, the Russian authorities have raised the issue of charging European countries for gas and oil in rubles. Some Russian legislators are already proposing to charge importers with payments in rubles and for the supply of grain, fertilizers, coal, metals and other goods. This would allow Moscow to mitigate the negative effect of sanctions on the Russian economy.
Western governments say in response that the requirement to carry out transactions in rubles means a violation of contracts signed by Russia.
Meanwhile, Poland announced on Wednesday the adoption of measures aimed at completely abandoning oil imports from Russia by the end of the year.
Recall that today the European Union, whose energy depends on imported raw materials from Russia by about 30-40 percent, refrained from imposing anti-Russian sanctions in the oil and gas sector. Poland, thus, became the first country to take decisive steps to end its dependence on the Russian Federation against the background of the war in Ukraine.
“We are presenting the most radical plan in Europe to abandon Russian oil by the end of this year,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed at a press conference in Warsaw. He urged European partners to follow Poland’s example in order not to “finance Russia’s military machine.”
Morawiecki’s words came just a day after the Polish authorities announced that they would ban the import of Russian coal by the end of May.
The European Union plans to reduce gas purchases from Russia by two-thirds by the end of this year and completely abandon them by 2030.
Meanwhile, Russia has stopped pumping gas through the Yamal–Europe pipeline through the Malnov compressor station on the Polish-German border. This was reported by Reuters with reference to the German gas transmission operator Gascade. On the afternoon of March 29, gas flows through this pipeline in the eastern direction – to Poland and Germany – decreased to zero. What caused the gas pumping to stop is not specified.