Poland confirms Russian gas supply to be halted — Analysis

Russia is suspending deliveries to Warsaw after it refused to pay rubles. The Polish state company has confirmed.

Poland’s state-owned energy company PGNiG confirmed on Tuesday that Russian energy firm Gazprom will halt deliveries on the Yamal contract as of Wednesday. Reports had suggested earlier that Russia’s supply was already cut.

According to the Polish gas industry, “Gazprom informed PGNiG of its intention to completely suspend deliveries under the Yamal contract at the beginning of the contract day on April 27.”

Gazprom spokespeople announced earlier Tuesday that “today, Poland is obliged to pay for gas supplies in accordance with the new payment procedure,” referring to Russia’s demand that “unfriendly countries”You can buy it in rubles.

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Poland rejected this approach and sanctioned Gazprom Tuesday with a 48% stake. Gazprom is the Polish company which co-owns Yamal-Europe’s gas pipeline. This 4,000km route transports gas via Belarus and the Yamal Peninsula to Germany.

Reports in the media soon followed, indicating that Poland was already supplying the country with food, and that Warsaw’s government had held a crisis meeting. 

PGNiG maintained that gas supplies would continue uninterrupted. Gas in storage was used to make up for the shortage.  

Poland was a staunch proponent of anti-Russia sanctions that the US and EU imposed on Russia in February. It has also allowed Western weapons to be entered Ukraine from its territory.

While some gas-dependent countries such as Germany have cautioned the EU against cutting off the flow of gas from Russia, and others like Hungary have stated that they will keep buying Russia’s product, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has vowed to ban all Russian coal, oil and gas imports by the end of the year.

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