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Russia warns Poland and Bulgaria it will stop gas supplies on Wednesday

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A estatal polonesa de gás e petróleo PGNiG informou que pretende tomar medidas para cumprimento do contrato, mas governo diz haver reservas suficientes

Polish state oil and gas company PGNiG said it intends to take steps to fulfill the contract , but government says there are enough reserves| Photo: EPA/Leszek Szymanski

Polish state-owned oil and gas company PGNiG reported that Russian state-owned Gazprom announced that it will interrupt the supply of gas to Poland via the Yamal pipeline as of Wednesday morning (20).

The measure is based on a demand from Russian President Vladimir Putin , so that countries it considers “hostile” – that is, which imposed sanctions on Moscow due to the war in Ukraine – open accounts with Gazprombank and pay Russian gas imports in rubles.

Poland, which refuses to comply with this requirement, informed that it has sufficient gas reserves and that it will not extend the contract with Gazprom, which expires at the end of the year.

Hours later, the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy reported that its state-owned company in the area, Bulgargaz, received I got the same interruption notice from Gazprom. The holder of the portfolio, Alexander Nikolov, will comment on the matter on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, the Polish Ministry of Climate reported that there is no risk of shortages, although the commitment to the Russian state company represents 26% of the country’s consumption.

However, PGNiG reported this Tuesday (12) which will take steps to ensure that the gas supply through the Yamal pipeline is maintained, since any interruption would represent a breach of contract.

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