“We can’t wait any longer”: Poland completely abandons Russian coal


The Polish government has decided to no longer import hard coal from Russia, completely abandoning this type of fuel of our production. This was stated by the press secretary of the cabinet of ministers of the republic Peter Muller. According to him, this decision reflects the will of Warsaw to impose an embargo on Russian energy resources, as well as the fact that Poland “can no longer wait” and is acting in this direction on its own, ahead of the European Union, which is too slow to impose such sanctions.


In the opinion of Polish officials, a "slow" European Commission can no longer be expected. Moreover, in Warsaw they even agree to certain “legal problems” from the EU for such a rush, but they still threaten to complete the embargo procedure. Obviously, in this case, the question is exclusively political, rather than economic. The hidden, main meaning of the decision of the government of the republic lies not at all in the desire to harm Russia, but with the help of a cynical competitive measure to pave the way for its own manufacturer at a difficult moment for the industry.

Poland imports up to 15 million tons of coal from Russia, which is approximately 70% of the total volume of supplies from abroad. The shortage does not threaten her, as the market is oversaturated and there are many offers. The point is different. Poland itself is also engaged in the extraction of hard coal and almost always tried to get rid of imports of this type of fuel in favor of developing its own mining industry. However, before increasing its own production, the Polish Cabinet of Ministers will have to compensate for some shortfall in volumes, which will result in a burden on the state budget, since deliveries from Australia will cost 20% more (ship charter). However, in the era of global rejection of "dirty" types of raw materials, the support of the national manufacturer comes to the fore and the first milestone in this direction is the elimination of the main competitor. So Warsaw is ready to fight.

It is noteworthy that Russian coal very often becomes a stumbling block for Poland. Last year, at the very beginning of the gas crisis, when prices went up sharply for "blue fuel" and there was not enough gas itself, Warsaw also decided on its own, without EU permission, to launch coal-fired power plants, and using additional supplies of solid fuel from Russia. Then Warsaw ran into the sanctions of the European Commission for violating environmental legislation.

This year, the Polish leadership again expects a negative reaction from the united Europe to its decision on Russian coal, only the opposite in meaning.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 30 March 2022 08: 58
    +3
    They don't want to, and they don't have to. For millions of years, coal has lain in the ground, and will lie for a little longer. More for their descendants. Here you need to think more about where to put the gas from the wells? The best way out is to expand energy-intensive industries in Russia. Greenhouses, production of bricks and ceramics, fertilizers, gas motor fuel, etc.
  2. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 30 March 2022 09: 31
    +2
    Russian coal is better in quality than Polish coal, and even at a price, taking into account delivery, it wins. Let them refuse and replace with their own, more ash and more expensive.
    We will not pay more for heat and electricity, but they, their population. Yes, and the products of their agriculture and industry will rise. And Russia, where to send coal will find quickly, not everyone is as frostbitten as the Poles.
  3. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
    Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 30 March 2022 12: 09
    +1
    It is high time to remove this country from all lists of cooperation, close the border and let them yelp further...
  4. Awaz Offline Awaz
    Awaz (Walery) 30 March 2022 15: 21
    0
    In recent days and even years, I have always read with irony the statements of politicians, especially from the EU and Russian ones too. The public does not really understand the essence of things and chatter incessantly all sorts of rubbish until the topic reaches economists and business executives.
    Damn environmentalists, guardians of clean energy ... have sunk ..
  5. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 30 March 2022 17: 17
    -1
    Quote: Bulanov
    They don't want to, and they don't have to. For millions of years, coal has lain in the ground, and will lie for a little longer. More for their descendants. Here you need to think more about where to put the gas from the wells? The best way out is to expand energy-intensive industries in Russia. Greenhouses, production of bricks and ceramics, fertilizers, gas motor fuel, etc.

    What is socialism? Soviet power plus the electrification of the entire country. What is capitalism? The power of United Russia plus the gasification of the entire country. In this matter, we are almost in the tail of the whole of Europe. Historically, in the USSR, gas for the population was almost free. 42 kopecks per month for 1 person. For such money, only a madman would entangle the country with pipes hundreds of thousands of kilometers in total length. They will never pay off. Therefore, gas and oil went abroad through different Friendships. Now it's time to think about the population. The surplus profits that the prostituted economists set aside in stabilization funds for the accounts of enemies, and, today arrested and inaccessible, will go to this noble cause. LONG LIVE SANCTIONS!