The European Commission saw blackmail in the statement of “Gazprom” to stop supplies

Representatives of EU member states are holding a meeting on the gas situation and are preparing a coordinated response. Gazprom stopped gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria because they did not pay for it in rubles

Russia's cessation of gas supplies to Polish and Bulgarian consumers is unacceptable, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“Statement” Gazprom ” to unilaterally cut off gas supplies to consumers in Europe is yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as a tool of blackmail. This is unjustified and unacceptable, — she said.

According to her, the situation confirms the fact that Russia “is an unreliable supplier of gas.” At the same time, according to von der Leyen, the EU is ready for such a scenario, its members are in contact on this issue.

“The gas coordination group meeting is taking place right now. We are planning a coordinated EU response,— added von der Leyen.

On suspension of deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria “Gazprom” announced on the morning of 27 April. This is due to the lack of payments from the energy companies of these countries in rubles. The day before, the suspension of gas imports was reported in Warsaw and Sofia. Poland stated that it would not pay for Russian gas in rubles, while Bulgaria emphasized that they had made all payments under the agreement with Russia on time, and the new terms of payment for fuel in Russian currency did not comply with existing agreements and posed risks for Bulgaria.

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Polish Government Commissioner for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Petr Naimsky said that if the overall external conditions do not change, there will be gas in the country. According to him, Poland had been preparing for six years to stop buying gas from Russia, but this happened “faster than expected”; Warsaw, since the Gazprom contract and PGNiG expired in December.

«Gazprom» also warned that if Bulgaria and Poland start unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes, then supplies for transit will be reduced by the same amount.

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