EU reaction to Russia’s cut off natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria


Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, made a statement after the Russian energy company Gazprom cut off natural gas flow to some EU member states.

Pointing out that Gazprom unilaterally stopped gas supplies to customers in Europe, von der Leyen said that this was Russia’s attempt to use natural gas as a blackmail tool.

Von der Leyen pointed out that it was “unjust and unacceptable” for Russia to cut off the natural gas flow to Poland and Bulgaria.

Von der Leyen stated that this situation once again revealed that Russia is an unreliable natural gas supplier, “We are prepared for this scenario.” made its assessment.

Von der Leyen noted that they are in close contact with all EU member states, working to provide alternative deliveries and the best possible storage levels.

Explaining that EU countries have created contingency plans for such a scenario, von der Leyen informed that a gas coordination meeting was held within this framework.

Von der Leyen stated that EU countries have prepared a joint response plan to this situation.

Noting that they will continue to work with international partners to find alternative sources of natural gas, von der Leyen said, “We will continue to work with European and world leaders to ensure energy supply security in Europe.” used the phrase.

Von compiler noted that they are in unity and solidarity with the EU member states affected by this situation.

On March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his plan to switch to Russian rubles for payments for natural gas sales.

According to the new system, which entered into force with the decree signed by Putin on March 31, the funds in question will be converted into rubles on the Moscow Stock Exchange after the countries that buy Russian gas open an account with Gazprombank and make the payments to this bank.

In a statement after signing the decree, Putin said that gas contracts will be stopped if unfriendly countries do not accept the new system.

Russian energy company Gazprom has announced that it has completely stopped natural gas shipments to Bulgaria and Poland because they do not comply with the ruble payment system.

Poland stated that the step in question was a breach of contract.


Source: STAR.COM.TR by www.star.com.tr.

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