French Minister for Environmental Transformation Barbara Pompili said that Gazprom's unilateral decision to stop gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is a breach of contract, adding that the EU condemns these actions
Russia's decision to cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in connection with their refusal to switch to payment in rubles is a violation of contracts, French Minister of Environmental Transformation Barbara Pompili said at a briefing following a meeting of EU energy ministers. The broadcast is available on the EU website.
“We all condemn the unilateral decision of Gazprom” for Poland and Bulgaria. All suppliers are obliged to fulfill contracts, — Pompili said, emphasizing that gas supplies to the EU countries “should comply with EU rules and contracts in the form in which they were concluded.”
Member of the European Commission for Energy Kadri Simson, in turn, reiterated that the new mechanism for paying for Russian gas in rubles— “This is a breach of sanctions.” She indicated that the European Commission would later prepare detailed explanations on this issue.
According to the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, from April 1, “unfriendly” states, to which Moscow included, in particular, all EU countries, the USA and Great Britain, must pay for gas supplies in rubles.
Some countries, notably Poland and Bulgaria, said they did not intend to follow Moscow's demands, considering this a violation of the terms of the contracts, which in the majority involve payment in dollars or euros. At the same time, Hungary allowed paying for gas in rubles.
April 27 Gazprom stopped gas supplies to the Polish PGNiG and the Bulgarian Bulgargaz. The press service of the concern said that as of the end of the working day on April 26, these companies had not received payments in rubles for April deliveries.
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On April 26, PGNiG announced that Gazprom Export notified her of the stoppage of gas supplies. The company considered the decision of “Gazprom” breach of contract and announced its intention to file claims against the Russian company. The Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria on the same day confirmed that Bulgargaz received such notice. According to the analysis of the ministry, Bulgargaz and the Bulgarian Energy Holding, the new procedure for paying for gas supplies proposed by Russia “does not comply with the contract valid until the end of this year and creates significant risks for Bulgaria.”
April 27, Gazprom also warned that in the event of unauthorized withdrawal of Russian gas from transit volumes to third countries, supplies for transit would be reduced by this volume. The next day Gazprom said that Poland receives Russian gas from Germany.
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