Two weeks ago, PO MPs Agnieszka Pomaska and Tadeusz Aziewicz raised the alarm about increased transshipments of Russian oil at the Port of Gdynia and demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and on Wednesday, May 4, they announced that the Port of Gdansk is among the leaders in transshipments of Russian fossil fuels.
Agnieszka Pomaska presented a report by the Finnish NGO Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) on fossil fuel imports from Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The document states that the largest importers are Germany (worth 9.1 billion euros), Italy, (6.9 billion), China (6.7 billion), the Netherlands (5.6 billion), Turkey (4.1 billion) and France (3.8 billion).
– This report shows that the port of Gdansk is the fifth in the world when it comes to handling fossil raw materials from Russia. Hence our intervention with Prime Minister Morawiecki, because we have a feeling that the Prime Minister is instructing everyone around him to conduct a tougher policy towards Russia, while he is not fully in control of what is happening in Poland, said Agnieszka Pomaska.
Referring to the report, she added that according to estimates, since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, oil worth 751 million euros has entered the port in Gdansk from Russia.
– The question is whether there is a pilot flying with us. Is Prime Minister Morawiecki, who has called for increased sanctions in a very dramatic way, aware of what is happening here. We were astonished that Orlen is mentioned in the report. That is why we would like to know how much fuel was purchased by Orlen through the port of Gdańsk – said Tadeusz Aziewicz.
The MPs said that they would send an interpellation to the Prime Minister on the issues of transshipment of Russian oil in Gdansk.
The journalists asked the MPs whether they were proposing a total embargo on oil from Russia and whether the matter would not be resolved by another package of sanctions announced by the EU.
Pomaska replied that she had doubts about the effectiveness of the sanctions introduced by the Polish government.
– A few days ago, only after two months, the sanctions list that came out of Poland was shown. Or they were sanctions that cut off some localities from gas. The government did not want to agree to the gas embargo, after which Russia itself introduced it – said the MP.
– I have a feeling that the Prime Minister does not know what he is saying and what he is calling for. But I would like to be wrong – added Aziewicz.