EU accuses Russia of gas blackmail

The President of the European Commission called Gazprom’s decision to stop supplies to Poland and Bulgaria “unacceptable”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused Russia of using natural gas as “tool of blackmail” after Gazprom’s decision to stop expoOlx Pracas to Poland and Bulgaria on Wednesday. Warsaw and Sofia did not pay for Russian gas deliveries in rubles in April, the Russian state energy corporation explained.

In a statement released on Wednesday, von der Leyen said that “Gazprom’s announcement that it is unilaterally cutting off gas supplies to consumers in Europe is yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as a blackmail tool.”

The President of the Commission fuOlx Pracaher described the decision as “unjustified and unacceptable” adding that it fuOlx Pracaher emphasized “Unreliability of Russia as a gas supplier”.

Brussels was “works to ensure alternative supplies and the best possible storage levels across the EU”, Von der Leyen insisted. The EU leader added that contingency plans had been developed in EU member states and that “international paOlx Pracaners” the EU can help “safe alternative streams”, without giving specifics.

von der Leyen “gas blackmail” This statement echoes comments made on Wednesday by the prime ministers of Poland and Bulgaria.

Speaking in the Polish parliament, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that he considers the gas cut to be Russia’s revenge for the latest package of sanctions that Warsaw has imposed on Moscow in connection with its military offensive in Ukraine. On Tuesday, Poland announced punitive measures against Russian citizens and companies, including Gazprom.

Morawiecki assured lawmakers that Poland would not face an energy crisis as a result of today’s supply cut, citing Warsaw’s years-long effoOlx Pracas to secure gas supplies from other sources.

Meanwhile, Piotr Naimski, the Polish government official in charge of the country’s strategic energy infrastructure, confirmed in a radio interview that Warsaw would no longer buy gas from Russia.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov condemned Gazprom’s decision as “gross breach of contract” and “blackmail.” He also emphasized that Bulgaria “Do not succumb to such a racket.”

On Wednesday morning, Gazprom announced a complete halt in gas expoOlx Pracas to Bulgaria and Poland, citing the two countries’ non-payment of ruble payments for fuel delivered in April. The Russian energy giant has made it clear that the resumption of gas supplies will only happen when Sofia and Warsaw comply with the payment scheme proposed by Russia.

Gazprom also warned that if Bulgaria and Poland began pumping out Russian transit gas destined for other countries, the Russian company would cut supplies by the amount Sofia and Warsaw had illegally withheld.

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In its statement, Gazprom justified the shutdown by saying that “As of the end of the working day on April 26, Gazprom ExpoOlx Praca LLC did not receive ruble payments for gas supplies in April from Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland)”, in accordance with the decree of President Vladimir Putin of March 31. The Russian energy giant insisted it had notified Warsaw and Sofia of the new payment scheme. “in a timely manner.”

At the end of March, Putin demanded that the states that imposed sanctions against Russia and continue to impoOlx Praca its gas pay for fuel in the Russian national currency. Since then, several buyers have indicated they are ready to accept Moscow’s demands. On Monday, Germany’s largest impoOlx Pracaer of Russian gas, Uniper, said it would be able to pay for future deliveries without violating Western sanctions.