“Let’s take care of that. Poland devalues ​​Russian gas cut and wants to import from US and Gulf countries

“I’m sure we’ll find a way to handle this”Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przdacz told the BBC, pointing out that Warsaw was already planning to stop importing Russian gas by the end of the year, when its contract with the Gazprom company expired.

“Poland made decisions several years ago to prepare for a situation like this,” he explained. “There are now options to import gas from other partners”, including the United States and the Gulf countriessaid the deputy minister.

From 1 May, a new gas pipeline connection in Lithuania will allow Warsaw to access gas from this country. The opening of the “Baltic Pipe” gas pipeline is scheduled for October, which will come from Norway and can replace most of the gas that previously arrived from Russia.

According to Przdacz, Moscow’s announcement only proved that Russia “is not a reliable partner in any field of activity”the remaining European nations should therefore stop importing Russian energy.

Warsaw also stresses that its energy reserves are secure. Environment Minister Anna Moskwa said there was still no need to withdraw gas from the country’s reserves and guaranteed that supplies to consumers would not be cut off.

The Polish gas company PGNiG – which in the first quarter of the year alone bought 53% of its gas from Russia – has meanwhile confirmed the suspension of Russian supplies. The same has happened in Bulgaria, where 90% of supplies have so far come from Russia’s Gazprom.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the Russian court is “a serious breach of the current contract and amounts to blackmail”. According to Kiril Petkov, Bulgaria is currently reviewing all its contracts with Gazprom, because “this unilateral blackmail is unacceptable”.
Russia threatens to cut gas supply to other ‘hostile’ countries
Russia’s parliamentary leader said Wednesday that gas giant Gazprom had made the right decision by completely suspending gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, arguing that Moscow should do the same with other “hostile” countries.

“We must do the same with other countries hostile to Russia”wrote Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma (lower house of the Russian Parliament) on the social network Telegram.

Poland, for its part, says it is ready to help Germany import gas from countries other than Russia. Berlin has already announced its intention to find alternatives to Russian supplies.

” We’re ready to to express our solidarity with Germany and to support it in the complete interruption of Russian oilPolish Environment Minister Anna Moskwa told state radio Polskie.
EU finds Russian decision “unjustifiable” and promises response
The European Union on Wednesday deemed “unjustifiable and unacceptable” the decision of the gas giant Gazprom to interrupt the supply of certain European customers. Ursula von der Leyen said that Brussels is preparing a coordinated response to stop this escalation of actions by Moscow.

“Gazprom’s announcement of the unilateral suspension of gas delivery to customers in Europe is umpteenth attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail. It is unjustified and unacceptable and once again shows the unreliability of Russia as a gas supplier, [mas] we are prepared for this scenario”, reacted the President of the European Commission.

In a press release published today, Ursula von der Leyen assured that she was always “in close contact with all the Member States”.

“We have worked to ensure alternative deliveries and the best possible storage levels across the EU. Member States have established contingency plans for this scenario and we have worked with them in a spirit of coordination and solidarity“, He needed.

And, according to the head of the municipal executive, “a meeting of the gas coordination group is taking place” this Wednesday. “We describe our coordinated EU response. We will also continue to work with international partners to ensure alternative flows and I will continue to work with European and world leaders to ensure the security of energy supply in Europe,” he added.

Currently, the storage of all European gas is 32%. Member states are negotiating emergency rules that will allow them to increase this figure to 80% by November this year, thereby guaranteeing storage for next winter, when gas consumption will be higher.

with agencies

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