“Gazprom” cuts off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland until quotas are paid in rubles

Russia’s Gazprom announced Wednesday the suspension of gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland due to non-payment of quotas in rubles, noting that gas supplies to other countries via Poland and Bulgaria could be suspended.

For his part, Bulgarian Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov said that his country is paying the rent to Russia according to the stipulated contracts, stressing that gas supplies to consumers are guaranteed for only one month.

Nikolov added that Bulgaria has paid for gas for the month of April, considering the suspension of supplies a breach of the contract.

“The payment method in the rubles requested by Russia is a threat to us, “said the Bulgarian minister.

“We are awaiting a position from the European Union on the (Gazprom) decision to stop gas supplies,” Nikolov said.

For its part, Britain has considered that Russia’s suspension of gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland makes it an “economic rogue”.

In a related context, a State Duma spokesman said Wednesday morning that energy supplies to “hostile” countries must be cut off.

In its first reaction to the Russian decision, the IAEA said: “Europe must move quickly to reduce its dependence on Russian energy”.

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