Russian state-owned company Gazprom halted natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria as the two countries failed to pay in roubles.
Gazprom announced Wednesday morning that it cut off supplies to state companies Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland).
Even more, transit through the two countries could be halted in the event of an illegal Russian gas withdrawal, the company warned.
Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said earlier this month that Poland’s current gas reserves equaled 76% of its total gas storage capacity and that this level was much higher than in the majority of European countries.
As a response to this action, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Kiril Petkov, says that Bulgaria will not „succumb to racketeering and blackmail to pay for natural gas in rubles”.
Bulgarian Minister of Energy, Alexander Nikolov, assured that for the next month there are quantities of gas for critical facilities such as hospitals.
Later, Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that Greece will help Bulgaria to deal with the new situation caused by the Russian decisions on energy.