The Kremlin has said it will cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. Russian energy agency Gazprom has said it will cut off gas supplies to the two countries from Wednesday. News from the BBC.
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Polish gas company PGNIG said it had been told it would not supply gas from 8am local time on Wednesday. Bulgaria’s energy ministry has said it will cut off gas supplies to the country from Wednesday.
Russia recently announced that non-aligned countries must pay in Russian rubles if they want to buy fuel. Otherwise they will not be supplied gas. Poland and Bulgaria refused to comply. Poland and Bulgaria have since been told to cut off gas supplies.
PGNIG, a Polish gas company, imports most of its gas from Gazprom. In the first three months of this year, Russian companies supplied 53 percent of the company’s gas. They say the sudden shutdown of gas supplies violates the agreement. They will take steps to keep the gas supply normal.
About 90 percent of Bulgaria’s gas comes from Gazprom. They say they are trying to find alternative sources of gas. However, at the moment there are no restrictions for the use of gas.
Bulgaria’s energy ministry said the obligations under the current agreement with Gazprom had been met and all necessary payments had been made. However, the new payment system proposed by Russia is a violation of the current agreement.
Meanwhile, in the face of threats to cut off gas supplies, Poland’s Environment Minister Anna Moscova said the country’s energy supply had been secured. At the moment, Anna says, there will be no need to pull gas from reserves or shut off gas supplies to customers.