The Russian invasion of Ukraine would not have taken place if the European Union had listened to Poland and had not become excessively dependent on Russian energy, a deputy minister has claimed.
Maciej Małecki, a Deputy State Assets Minister, claimed on Thursday while attending a meeting of the leaders of Poland’s biggest trade union, Solidarity, in the mountain resort of Zakopane.
ℹ️Wiceminister @malecki_m wziął dziś udział w posiedzeniu Komisji Krajowej NSZZ @Solidarnosc_ w #Zakopane. Rozmowy dot. https://t.co/vQ1CCB7RgC. wsparcia dla przedsiębiorstw energochłonnych. pic.twitter.com/VDjxsmd9Q5
— Ministerstwo Aktywów Państwowych (@MAPGOVPL) September 22, 2022
“If the EU had followed the Polish path of freeing the Community from Russian energy dominance, today not only would we not have high prices, but there would likely have been no Russian aggression against Ukraine,” Małecki said after the meeting.
Poland has been hit hard by the rising prices of energy resources, including coal, particularly after the government banned Russian coal imports in the spring.
According to Małecki, the current situation on the market is a result of the fact “that someone at the EU level, but also in Poland, had for years been making the European Union dependent on Russian energy resources.”