Polish Energy Minister assures coal supplies from Donbas to be banned

Source : 112 Ukraine

"The purchase of anthracite in occupied Donbas is direct financing of terrorism," Energy Minister said
10:51, 5 October 2017

Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski assured that there will be an inspection over the supply of coal from occupied Donbas and in the future such supplies will be banned. Ukraine’s Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk informed about this on air 112 Ukraine TV channel.  

"When we met with the minister, we touched this topic, we received assurances that a full check will be made and that such supplies will be banned. I managed to meet with the journalist who published the first part of the investigation (there will be the second and third), which is related to the supplies of anthracite from occupied Donbas not only to Poland, but also to other European countries. Therefore, now the main task is to block this process as much as possible. We have officially confirmed that we believe that purchase of anthracite in occupied Donbas zone is direct financing of terrorism and our arguments were heard, "the minister said.

Related: Anthracite illegally exported to Poland from occupied Luhansk region

As it was reported earlier Minister of Energy of Poland Krzysztof Tchórzewski confirmed that 11,000 tons of coal were brought to the country from occupied parts of Donbas. In his turn, Minister of Energy of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk, who is currently on a working visit to Poland, said that it wasn’t done in the spirit of partnership.

The coal was imported by Doncoaltrade, and the documents were made in Russia. According to Polish media, the “DNR” receive a part of the profit from importing such coal to Poland.

Ukraine blocked the railway that brought the coal from occupied Donbas in 2016. Since then, the country has been getting its coal from over sources.

Related: Second delivery of anthracite coal comes to Ukraine from South Africa

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