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Russia Suspends Gas Supplies to Bulgaria and Poland to Put EU Under Pressure


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Russia suspended gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland in an attempt to put pressure on Europe and in response to the economic sanctions imposed by the European Union. In view of the situation, the Bulgarian state-owned company Bulgargaz explained that it has fulfilled its economic obligations to Russia.

“The Bulgarian side has fully complied with its obligations and has made all payments required under this agreement in a timely, strict manner and in accordance with its clauses,” the company said in a statement.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, detailed that despite the Kremlin’s decision, Europe is prepared to deal with gas cuts. “Our response will be immediate, united and coordinated,” she stated on Twitter.

European Union pledges to guarantee gas supplies

Ursula von der Leyen stressed that they will ensure “that Gazprom’s decision has the least possible impact on EU consumers.” “The European Commission will also intensify its work with the regional groups of member states that can provide immediate solidarity to each other,” she added.

“We will keep on working to ensure sufficient gas supply and storage in the medium term,” concluded von der Leyen.

Russian state energy giant Gazprom explained in a statement on Wednesday that it had completely halted supplies to Polish gas company PGNiG and Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz for allegedly failing to comply with Moscow’s request to pay in rubles, rather than euros or dollars.

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