war in Ukraine. Russia’s Gazprom halts gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

The Russian company Gazprom will suspend its gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland from this Wednesday, these two countries announced on Tuesday evening that they have prepared for this.

“On April 26, 2022, Gazprom (the Polish gas company) informed PGNiG of its intention to completely stop supplies under the Yamal contract (…) on April 27, the Polish company said in a press release.

“Today (Tuesday) Bulgarga’s EAD received the notification that Gazprom Export supplies will be suspended from April 27, 2022,” the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy announced a little later, while this Balkan country is more than 90% dependent on Russian gas.

“No shortage of gas in Polish households”

However, these two members of NATO and the European Union (EU) agree to get the missing gas from other sources.

“There will be no shortage of gas in Polish households,” Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa wrote on Twitter. “From the first day of the war, we declared that we were ready for complete independence from Russian raw materials,” she added.

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“Measures to search for alternative arrangements for natural gas supply and to deal with the situation” have been initiated, the Bulgarian government emphasized in a press release and assured that “currently” no measure is planned regarding consumption.

Non-payment claimed in rubles

After imposing sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin warned EU countries that unless they paid in rubles from Russian accounts, their gas supplies would be cut off. However, Moscow clarified that the price of gas will remain in the currency of the current contracts, mostly euros or dollars, and that customers in Russia would have to carry out a simple exchange transaction.

“The Bulgarian side has fully fulfilled its obligations and made all contractually agreed payments on time,” the government reacted. And to denounce “the new two-stage payment procedure proposed by the Russian side”.

“It does not fulfill the existing contract by the end of this year and poses significant risks for the Bulgarian side, especially paying without gas delivery from the Russian side,” he added.

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