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Russia halted gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

Russia halted gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

Russia halted gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria
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MOSCOW: The Kremlin stated on Wednesday that the suspension of natural gas shipments to Poland and Bulgaria due to a reluctance to pay in rubles was the outcome of hostile acts toward Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “the need for a new payment method was a result of unprecedented unfriendly steps in the economic sphere and the financial sector, which were taken against us by unfriendly countries.”

This need was dictated by the fact that, as you know, they blocked from us — or, to put it plainly, stolea fairly significant amount of our reserves,” Peskov said, adding that this led to a “transition to a new payment system.”

“So there is no question of blackmail here,” Peskov said in response to comments by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, who said this was “another attempt by Russia to blackmail us with gas”.

Gazprom, Russia’s energy behemoth, announced on Wednesday that it was cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, both of which are heavily reliant on Russia, “due to their failure to pay in rubles.”

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President Vladimir Putin said this month that Russia will only accept payments in rubles for delivery and that purchasers must open ruble accounts or have their taps shut off.

As a result of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, the country has been slammed with unprecedented economic penalties, including the freezing of $300 billion in foreign currency reserves.

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