Poland is dealing outstandingly well with the tough economic situation accompanying the ongoing war in Ukraine, the former U.S. ambassador to the country has claimed.
In an interview for Polish news outlet Interia, Georgette Mosbacher stated that Poland’s active geopolitical stance, its involvement in humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine, and its ability to withstand the challenges it is facing, have all been impressive. As an example, she mentioned the country’s efforts to build its natural gas reserves up in preparation for a conflict, and the construction of LNG terminal in Świnoujście just in time before Russia cut off deliveries of gas.
“Back when I was the ambassador, I was a part of the process of strengthening the energy diversification, and that bears fruit today,” Mosbacher told the news outlet.
“Poland is the number one European country in terms of energy independence,” said the former U.S. ambassador, pointing out that Poland is investing in pipelines, atomic energy and defense. “I can’t count how many times I visited American and Polish military bases, took part in exercises – it all brings results at the moment. It cannot be said about everyone,” said Mosbacher.
When asked which countries she had in mind, Mosbacher pointed to Germany and the European Union leadership, saying that they planned to move the economy into climate neutrality in a world where “history has ended.” In Mosbacher’s opinion, by doing that, they exposed themselves to Russia, which used energy as a weapon to crumble the West.
“What were they all thinking? People responsible for the EU’s energetic policy should be held accountable,” said Mosbacher.
She added that Poland had warned about moving towards renewable energy sources from coal was not a single leap, but a process, requiring the use of fuel such as LNG.
“Germany shook its finger at you [Poland], and now they are considering LNG terminals in panic and may even regret abandoning their nuclear program. Was the genocide in Ukraine necessary to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is almost finished?” she asked.
Mosbacher said the policy, which has been built up in Berlin and Brussels for decades, changed by 180 degrees in just two months, despite her and Polish warnings about the danger posed by Russia.