In response to Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland, the White House said Moscow was using energy as a weapon, cutting off gas supplies.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki described the Russian move as expected.
In turn, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen felt Gazprom’s unilateral announcement to stop gas deliveries was a Kremlin provocation to blackmail Europeans.
“Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin is using fossil fuels to blackmail us. The European Commission is preparing for this. in coordination with Member States and international partners. Our response will be immediate and we will in so that Gazprom’s decision has less impact on Europeans. “
A move, of course, that angered the Polish government, which it called Russian blackmail, arrived in response to the new sanctions imposed by Warsaw on Russia a few days ago, and after declaring that it would not pay in rubles for Russian gas.
“We have been sending this message since the first day of the war that we are ready for complete independence from Russian fossil fuels,” said Anna Moskva, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment.
He said on Wednesday the Polish state-owned oil and gas company received information about the interruption of the flow of Russian gas from the Yamal pipeline.
The Polish climate and environment minister said: “The past years and our intense efforts and investment policy in infrastructure have resulted in the possibility of diversification and allowed us to feel safe.”
As for the Bulgarian government, he described the suspension of gas shipments as a breach of the supply contract and Alexander Nikolov, the Bulgarian Energy Minister, said his country has fulfilled all its obligations and would not negotiate. under no pressure.
The minister said: “The Bulgarian side has fulfilled all its obligations and paid all payments under its current contract. in timely manner. Under the terms of the contract, it seems clear that gas is being used as a political and economic tool in relation to war in course. Bulgaria will not negotiate under pressure and Bulgaria is not in sale and will not be subject to any commercial counterparty.
Zelensky: Russia blackmails Europe with gas
For his part, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has put in guard against what he described as Russia’s attempts to blackmail Europe by cutting off gas supplies.
“This week, the Russian authorities have started a new one round of energy blackmail in Europe . The decision to cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is another argument that proves that none in Europe can hope to maintain normal economic cooperation with Russia, “Zelensky said.
On the other hand, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the accusations against Russia in this regard, stating that his country was and remains a reliable supplier of energy resources for its customers.
” and Russia fulfills its contractual obligations We cannot talk about any blackmail here. Russian energy buyers have been informed of the new payment terms for a long time. We are completely in disagree with this definition, “explained Dmitry Peskov.
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