Warsaw refuses to pay for Russian gas in rubles, Italy and Belgium condemn breach of contract
The Polish gas group PGNiG announced today that it will refuse to pay in rubles for the purchase of Russian gas, as requested by Moscow, while Italy and Belgium, like Berlin, said that it was a breach of contract.Germany and Austria have already rejected this request sent yesterday by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Poland, which depends on Russian energy, said the same.

“We do not see such a possibility,” said PGNiG group president Pavel Majevski.

He said that the agreement, the details of which he could not disclose, determines the method of payment, and that it is not envisaged that the Russian side can change it at its own will.

“We will fulfill that contract according to our undertaken obligations,” he said, according to the PAP agency.

The current contract called Jamal contract expires at the end of the year.

Poland hopes to soon get rid of its dependence on Russian gas, thanks to the Baltic gas pipeline that will supply it with Norwegian gas and through its gas terminal in the port of Swinoujscie, where liquefied natural gas will arrive by boat.

Gathered today at the summit in Brussels, several leaders of the European 27 condemned Moscow’s request.

“If the elements of the agreement are changed, then everything is negotiated, then the price is renegotiated. I don’t think that is a way for Russia to circumvent the sanctions, but if it wants to change the provisions of the agreement, then many elements could be discussed,” he said. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cro.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said that they believe that this is a clear violation of the existing agreements. He did not say how his country would react.

Already yesterday, Berlin condemned Russia’s request as a violation of the agreement, and stated that Germany would discuss with its European partners how to respond to it.

Today, Russia provides 45% of European gas imports. About 55 percent of German gas purchases come from Russia, as well as most of the supplies from Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

For now, Russian energy sources have been largely spared heavy Western sanctions against Moscow, although the West has thus completely isolated Russia from the world financial system, paralyzed the assets of the Russian central bank and caused the ruble to fall in value.

Russia’s central bank, although cut off from much of its foreign reserves it occasionally sells to support the ruble, has introduced strict capital controls that have contributed to little stabilization of the domestic currency.

By Editor

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