Russia suspending gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria
Poland not only has refused to pay for natural gas in roubles, but the country has been a strong supporter of neighbouring Ukraine during the Russian invasion. It is a transit point for weapons the United States and other Western nations have provided Ukraine.
The Polish government confirmed this week that it was sending tanks to Ukraine’s army. On Tuesday, it announced a sanctions list targeting 50 Russian oligarchs and companies, including Gazprom.
The Yamal pipeline carries natural gas from Russia to Poland and Germany, through Belarus. Poland has been receiving some 9 billion cubic meters of Russian gas annually.
PGNiG said that Russia’s demand to be paid in roubles represented a breach of the Yamal contract.
Flow charts published on the website of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas showed drastic drops of gas flows at entry points in Kondratki, a town in eastern Poland, and Vysokaye, which is in Belarus.
The Russian news agency Tass cited Gazprom as saying that Poland must pay for its gas supplies under a new procedure.
Germany’s network regulator on Tuesday said it was monitoring the gas delivery situation from Russia after Russian energy giant Gazprom told Poland’s PGNiG it will halt gas supplies along the Yamal pipeline from Wednesday morning.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely. The security of supply in Germany is currently guaranteed,” the agency said.