Russia stops natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.
Gas supplies through the Yamal-Europe pipeline are set to halt on Wednesday morning, officials in Warsaw said.
Poland’s state-owned gas company PGNiG said Tuesday it had been briefed on the move by Russian gas giant Gazprom.
Gazprom also told Bulgaria’s state-owned gas company Bulgargaz that it would halt gas supplies from Wednesday, according to the country’s Energy Ministry.
It comes after the Russian President Wladimir Putin said last month that “unfriendly” foreign buyers would have to pay state-owned Gazprom in rubles instead of dollars and euros, which the international community has rejected.
Anna Moskwa, Poland’s climate minister, stressed that the country is prepared for such a situation after years of working to reduce its dependence on Russian energy sources.
She said the country has been virtually independent when it comes to Russian gas for some time.
“There will be no shortage of petrol in Polish households,” Ms. Moskwa tweeted before repeating the message at a news conference.
“Thanks to the appropriate diversification strategies that we have introduced, we feel on the safe side in this situation,” she said.
Germany will continue to be supplied by the undersea Nord Stream pipeline.
Bulgaria has said it is working with state gas companies to find alternative sources.
“The Russian proposal for a two-step payment procedure violates the current treaty and poses significant risks for Bulgaria, including paying without receiving gas supplies from Russia,” the Bulgarian government said.
It added that no restrictions would be imposed on domestic gas consumption for the time being, although the Balkan country of 6.5 million people gets over 90% of its gas needs from Russian imports.
The Yamal Pipeline connects Russian natural gas fields in the Yamal Peninsula and western Siberia to Poland and Germany through Belarus and is around 2,552 miles long.
Poland receives around nine billion cubic meters of Russian gas every year.
The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas published flow charts on its website showing sharp falls in gas flows at the entry points in Kondratki, a city in eastern Poland, and Vysokaye in Belarus.
Gazprom was quoted as saying that Poland will now have to pay for its gas supplies under a new procedure by the Russian news agency Tass, but the Russian company did not confirm the gas cuts.
Europe imports large quantities of natural gas from Russia to heat homes, generate electricity and fuel industry – and imports have continued despite the war in Ukraine.
About 60% of gas imports are paid in euros, the rest in dollars.
European leaders responded to Putin’s demands to pay in rubles by saying they would not comply – arguing that the demand violated the terms of the treaty and its sanctions against Russia.
PGNiG has also said that Russia’s demand to be paid in rubles is a violation of the Yamal Treaty.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Denmark’s Orsted reiterated that it had “no intention” of paying Russia for gas in rubles.
Ukrainian refugees have poured into Poland since war broke out – with the country being a strong supporter of its neighbour.
It is also a transit point for arms coming into Ukraine from the US and other western nations.
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