May 17, 2022

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Russia suspends gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland from tomorrow

The Russian group Gosprom announced on Tuesday evening that it would suspend gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland from Wednesday, saying the two countries were ready for it.

“On April 26, 2022, the Polish company stated in a press release that Gazprom (Polish Gas Company) had expressed its intention to suspend all (…) supplies to PGNiG under the Yamal Agreement (…) on April 27.

“Today (Tuesday), Bulgargas EAD received an announcement that it would suspend supplies from Gazprom exports from April 27, 2022,” the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy said shortly after, while the Balkan country relied on more than 90% of Russian gas. .

However, both members of NATO and the European Union (EU) say they are ready to retrieve the missing gas from other sources.

“There will be no shortage of gas in Polish homes,” Polish climate minister Anna Moskva wrote on Twitter. “From the first day of the war, we declared our readiness for complete independence from Russian raw materials,” he added.

“Measures have been taken to identify alternative arrangements for the supply of natural gas and to deal with the situation,” the Bulgarian government underlined in a press release for its part, confirming that “no action” is currently planned. Consumption.

After the introduction of sanctions against Russia for its occupation of Ukraine, the Kremlin warned that gas supplies to EU countries would be cut off if the ruble was not paid from Russian accounts.

However, Moscow clarified that the price of gas is indicated in the currency of current agreements, often in euros or dollars, and that customers must make a simple exchange transaction in Russia.

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The government responded that “the Bulgarian side has fully fulfilled its obligations and made all necessary payments under the agreement in a timely manner.”

And to condemn the “new two-step payment procedure proposed by the Russian side.”

“It does not comply with the existing agreement until the end of this year and presents significant risks to the Bulgarian side, especially the payment without receiving any gas supply from the Russian side,” he said.