Ruscism = Russian fascism
- Apr 18, 2013
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Russia’s Gazprom Halts Gas Supplies to Poland, Bulgaria - The Moscow Times
Russia's energy giant Gazprom said Wednesday it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and highly dependent Bulgaria after not receiving payment in rubles from the two EU members.
Russia's energy giant Gazprom said Wednesday it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and highly dependent Bulgaria after not receiving payment in rubles from the two EU members. President Vladimir Putin last month said Russia will only accept payment for deliveries in its national currency, with buyers required to set up ruble accounts or have their taps turned off. Gazprom said in a statement it notified Bulgaria's state-owned gas operator Bulgargaz and Poland's PGNiG gas firm about the "suspension of gas supplies from April 27 until payment is made" in rubles. "Starting April 1, payments for gas need to be made using new bank details, about which the counterparts were informed in a timely manner," Gazprom said. The energy giant also warned that if Bulgaria or Poland make an "unauthorized withdrawal" of Russian gas that is transiting to third countries, "supplies for transit will be reduced by this volume."
Both Poland and Bulgaria — which is almost completely dependent on Russia for its annual consumption of gas — said they were notified by Gazprom on Tuesday that supplies would be cut off the next day. Bulgaria's economy ministry said the country "fully met its obligations and has made all payments required under its current contract in a timely manner." Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland's gas storage facilities were 76% full and that the country was ready to obtain necessary supplies from sources other than the Yamal pipeline.
I have been forcasting for years that Moscow would someday use energy exports as a weapon for geopolitical blackmail. That someday is today.
Poland has a working LNG terminal. This places Bulgaria in a tough spot. Bulgaria has not transferred any of its considerable stocks of Soviet-era weaponry to Ukraine because the pro-Russia Bulgarian Socialist Party has objected. Beginning today, Bulgaria's PM and representatives of the other three major parties will be visiting Poland and then on to Kyiv to see Zelenskyy tomorrow. Bulgaria country is a big manufacturer of Soviet-era ammunition, anti-tank missiles, and light arms, and will debate the Ukraine issue again upon the return of the PM to Sofia.
Ukraine Braces For 'Much Pain' From Russia's Offensive In East As EU Responds To Gas Cut
Ukraine's defense minister says the country has "extremely difficult weeks" ahead, warning of major "destruction" in an ongoing large-scale Russian offensive in the east of the country.