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Russia suspends gas supplies to Poland

The Russian state company Gazprom stopped its gas exports to Poland on Wednesday morning, the national radio plaque reported.

According to the Polish state gas company Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) on Tuesday, Gazprom had told it that the flow of gas to Poland would be interrupted on Wednesday due to its refusal to make payments in rubles.

The Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa, declared upon hearing the news that “there are no decrees of (Vladímir) Putin that are in force in Poland”, referring to Moscow’s demand that Gazprom’s foreign contractors “hostile to the Russian Federation” to pay for imported gas in rubles.

Moskwa assured this Wednesday on Polish radio that “stocks of gas stored in Poland are around 80 percent, which is a lot. At the moment, there is no need to look for new supplies: we have LNG supplies, we have the Czech interconnector and, at a given moment, we would resort to the Lithuanian interconnector”.

“There will be no shortage of gas, supplies are assured,” the minister emphasized.

For its part, the company PGNiG reported on Tuesday in a statement that the cut in Russian gas imports had been scheduled since last Friday, the day that the Russian deadline to start paying the energy bill in rubles ended.

PGNiG claimed in a statement that “the suspension of gas supply is a breach of contract.”

“Therefore, the company will take the appropriate measures to restore the delivery of natural gas under the agreed conditions and reserves the right to claim its contractual rights,” he added.

The Polish government published on Tuesday a list with the names of 50 Russian companies and individuals with commercial interests in Poland that will be subject to sanctions.

The affected companies, among which is the Polish subsidiary of Gazprom, will have their funds and economic resources frozen and their rights to shares and dividends will be cancelled.

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