Russia cuts off gas to Poland and Bulgaria

Poland's state-owned energy firm and Bulgaria's Energy Ministry announced that Russia is cutting off their gas supplies.

Updated: April 26, 2022 - 5:49pm

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Poland and Bulgaria announced Tuesday that Russia is cutting off their gas supplies after Russian President Vladimir Putin said "unfriendly" countries are required to pay for gas in rubles. 

Russia's majority state-owned energy firm Gazprom sent a letter to Poland state-owned energy company PGNiG saying that gas supplies will be completely suspended by Wednesday. PGNiG also said its subsidiary GAZ-SYSTEM is affected by the decision.

Bulgaria's Ministry of Energy said in a translated statement it "received a notification that the deliveries of natural gas from Gazprom Export will be suspended as of April 27, 2022." Bulgaria receives 90% of its gas from Gazprom, the BBC reported.

Bulgaria said it has "fully fulfilled its obligations and has made all payments required" under the existing energy contract with Russia. The country said it even paid Russia and did not receive gas supplies in exchange.

Both countries have refused to pay in rubles as Russia demanded and said they are looking into alternative gas sources.

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