Gazprom stops gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

published on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 23:02

The two countries have announced that they are preparing for the suspension of their gas supplies by the Russian group.

From Wednesday, April 27th Gazprom suspends gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland : Polish gas company PGNiG was informed of this on Tuesday, April 26 and shared the information in a press release. The same applies to Bulgargas EAD, which received a notice from Gazprom Export on April 27 about the suspension of supplies the country depends on Russian gas for more than 90%.

The two countries want to calm down and confirm thatbe prepared to obtain the missing gas from other sources. For example, Polish climate minister Anna Moskwa suggested that “no lack of gas in Polish households“: “From the first day of the war, we have declared that we are ready for full independence from Russian raw materials“. The Polish company ensures that “all deliveries to customers are made according to their wishes”.
In fact, Warsaw has been pursuing a strategy of diversifying its supplies for several years.

For its part, the Bulgarian government also emphasized that “actions have been taken to find alternative arrangements for gas supply”, adding“At the moment” no measures to limit consumption are planned.

After imposing sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow had warned EU countries that their gas supplies would be cut if they did not pay in rubles from Russian accounts. The Kremlin had stipulated that the price of gas would remain denominated in the currency of the current contracts, most often in euros or dollars, and that it would be enough for customers to carry out a simple exchange transaction in Russia.

For the Bulgarian government, it is a “new two-step payment scheme proposed by the Russian side”, while the country claims to have “completely fulfilled its obligations” and “made all contractually required payments on time”. .

This new procedure would therefore not be “not in accordance with the contract by the end of the year” added the Bulgarian government, concerned “about the significant risks for the Bulgarian side, especially those ofMake payments without receiving gas supplies from the Russian side“.

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