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    PM announces end of Russian oil imports for Poland in February or March

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    Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, has stated that the country should cease all imports of Russian oil by February or March.

    The Polish government has been transitioning away from Russian crude oil for several years, but the invasion of Ukraine has made the termination of Russian carbon fuel imports a priority.

    “We have been reducing Russian oil imports since 2016. At the beginning of the year, we cut them to 10 per cent,” Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters after a government meeting on Tuesday.

    Prime Minister Morawiecki declared that the reduction of Russian oil imports was due to EU sanctions. He further emphasized that Poland was responsible for initiating an overall embargo on Russian energy sources because of Moscow’s battle with Ukraine.

    On Saturday, PKN Orlen – the top oil and gas firm in Poland – declared that Russia has halted its oil shipments to the country through the Druzhba pipeline.

    As of the beginning of February, PKN Orlen has reported that only 10% of their oil needs have been met by Russian imports. These imports were via pipeline and did not fall under international sanctions.

    90% of Orlen’s oil now originates from sources other than Russia.

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