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Polish deputy FM 'optimistic' EU will ban Russian oil

17.05.2022 07:30
A Polish deputy foreign minister has said he is "optimistic" that the European Commission will bring talks on banning Russian oil to "a positive conclusion."
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz talks to reporters in Brussels on Monday, May 16, 2022.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz talks to reporters in Brussels on Monday, May 16, 2022.Twitter/Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marcin Przydacz made the remark after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Przydacz, who stood in for Poland’s top diplomat Zbigniew Rau, said the get-together had explored new sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. 

Przydacz told reporters that the proposed new round of punitive measures “contains several aspects that had been advocated by Poland ... namely sanctions on some dozen arms contractors … and on tax, accounting and lobbying firms that actively try to help Russia sidestep the sanctions."

EU ban on Russian oil  

Asked about the proposed embargo on Russian oil, Przydacz said: “I am optimistic. Hopefully we’ll manage to reach an agreement and all members of the EU will strike a common position.”

He added: “I deeply believe that the European Commission [the EU’s executive] ... will bring the talks to a positive conclusion … This decision is needed as soon as possible."

Refugee support

Przydacz told the media that Poland was pushing for “additional EU funding for the countries that welcome refugees from Ukraine.”

Energy security

Moreover, Monday’s talks focused on the EU's energy security, featuring Mélanie Joly, the foreign minister of Canada, which is a major gas producer, officials told reporters.  

Przydacz said that Poland had a huge role to play in diversifying sources of gas, with its “liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and … new gas links with other countries.”

Tuesday is day 83 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Poland on Monday reported it had welcomed 3.4 million refugees fleeing Russia's war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPconsilium.europa.eu