Polish Deputy Energy Minister Grzegorz Tobiszowski assured that neither state-owned nor private companies in the energy sector buy coal mined in occupied Donbas.
“This is a very specific coal of high quality. It is used in Poland, I want to emphasize, only by individual private enterprises in the chemical field. But public sector enterprises, the Polish power industry, or even individual users do not use this coal because they do not even have suitable stoves”, Tobiszowski said.
He said that coal goes by transit to Germany, which buys it, but Poland got nothing to do with it.
Tobiszowski stressed that the charges that Poland, paying 3.5 billion zlotys for this raw material, supports Russia in the fight against Ukraine, is a lie.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk accused the ruling party in Poland, Law and Justice, of supplying coal from the occupied Donbas. He referred to the journalistic investigation of the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna about the procedure for importing coal from Donbas to Poland. According to the newspaper, from March 2017 to September 2018, 304.000 tons of anthracite from Donbas were shipped to Poland. In addition, Poland receive coal mined in Russia.
It was reported earlier that the Belarusian Radio Liberty published an article stating that in 2018 Ukraine increased imports of anthracite coal from Belarus, which is not mined in this country almost a thousand times. The media suggested that coal, which Ukraine imported from Belarus, was mined in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In turn, the Minister of Energy and Coal Mining of Ukraine, Ihor Nasalik, said that coal could be re-exported from Russia, but certainly not from ORDLO.