Ankara says the Turkish government is the first to investigate such facts - after Ukraine. However, many EU member countries have been showing less scrupulous approach to the issue. The only authority that can actually change it is the European Commission. But still, it does not give any unanimous response to the question if purchasing the coal from the non-recognized 'republics' breaches the EU legal frameworks, Polskie Radio stressed.
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna turned to diplomatic institutions of 18 EU countries, asking what they did to block the purchases of coal from the territories Donbas that are controlled by the pro-Kremlin separatists. Most of the ministries bluntly did not respond; a lot of responses either re-addressed the request to other offices or merely repeated statements about respect for Ukraine's territorial integrity.
The Bulgarian government, which imported 80,000 tons of coal from the occupied Donbas last year, responded that the EU only imposed an embargo on trade with Crimea and Sevastopol, not with Donbas.
'There are no legal acts that ban imports from the non-recognized and self-styled 'Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics', it said.
The Polish outlet contacted the lawyers who mark that another interpretation of the law is possible: since both so-called 'republics' ended up in the EU blacklist, every deal on which they make money is, in fact, illegal.