Baltic Sea – Greenpeace activists from Germany and the Nordics continue protests in the Baltic Sea, urging the EU to get away from imports of oil, gas and coal from Russia as quickly as possible. In week four of Putin’s war, there are still ships arriving into Europe from Russia, carrying oil that is financing Putin’s war in Ukraine.
Earlier this morning swimmers braved the cold waters and swam in front of a supertanker and painted ‘OIL FUELS WAR’ on its side demanding an EU ban. The 240m supertanker Stamos has a capacity of 115.000 tons and is on its way to deliver crude oil from Russian harbour Ulu-Luga to Rotterdam.
Greenpeace Germany oil expert Manfred Santen said: “Putin is financing the war in Ukraine by exporting fossil fuels. Every day, massive amounts of coal, oil and gas are transported to Western European ports via the Baltic Sea and through German waters. These transports must be suspended as quickly as possible by the EU summit this week, and we must rapidly phase out fossil fuels to fight the climate crisis and protect humanity.”
The protests come right before the upcoming summits of the European Union, NATO and the G7 countries that will take place in Brussels this Thursday. The talks will focus on a possible ban on imports of Russian fossil fuels, especially crude oil. Although some countries have already imposed an entry ban on Russian ships, cargo flying other flags continues to arrive. Greenpeace UK research from the Russian tanker tracker shows that at least 237 tankers have left Russia since the beginning of the war, 104 of them were headed to Europe.
Russia is the largest supplier of fossil fuels to the European Union and in 2021 European countries paid up to $285m a day for Russian oil. In 2019, more than a quarter of the EU’s crude oil imports and about two-fifths of its fossil gas imports came from Russia, as did almost half of its coal imports. EU energy imports from Russia were worth €60.1 billion in 2020.
In the past few weeks, Greenpeace has been protesting against the imports with activities in several EU countries, most recently on the Baltic Sea off Denmark.
Greenpeace Germany oil expert Manfred Santen:
“The expansion of renewable energies is more urgent than ever and the only way to end dependence on Russian oil and that of other autocrats. Only with a switch to clean and peaceful renewable energies is there a chance of achieving the Paris climate goals and a secure future for humanity.”
Greenpeace is calling for the import of fossil fuels from Russia to be stopped so that the EU no longer helps finance the war, and for a rapid phase out of all fossil fuels to fight the climate crisis and protect humanity.
Dockers in France, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden have already refused to offload tankers coming from Russia.