Yesterday, March 29, gas supplies from Russia via the Yamal-Europe pipeline through the Malnov compressor station on the German-Polish border fell to zero.
This was announced by the operator Gascade, writes Reuters. As of 13:00, flows eastward to Poland from Germany amounted to 1,451,155 kWh / h, but then fell to zero, writes lenta.ru. Russian gas deliveries to Europe via the other two pipeline routes remained stable.
According to TASS, during the auction on Tuesday, March 29, Gazprom booked part of the capacity to pump gas to Germany through Poland via the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline for a full gas day on March 30. But Reuters notes that this does not mean a guarantee of actual deliveries, since Gazprom does not always use the reserved capacity.
On March 23, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin instructed translate calculations with Gazprom for gas supplies to Europe in rubles “as soon as possible”:
“The collective West, by freezing Russian reserves, declared a default against Russia and drew a line under the reliability of its currencies. “In the shortest possible time, implement a set of measures to transfer payments – let’s start with this, with our natural gas … supplied to the so-called unfriendly countries, to Russian rubles. Russia will continue, of course, to supply natural gas in accordance with the volumes and prices, according to the pricing principles fixed in the contracts concluded earlier. Unlike some colleagues, we value our business reputation as a reliable partner and supplier.”
Europe faced with a choice: support the ruble or be left without gas. Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba urged European countries not to pay for the purchase of Russian oil and gas in rubles. Those who will go to meet Russia’s demands for paying for energy in rubles will “help the Russians kill Ukrainians.”
The G7 countries stated that won’t pay for Russian gas in rubles, as the Kremlin wants. The decision was announced by German Energy Minister Robert Gabeck after a conference with G7 energy ministers. The ministers are rejecting the Kremlin’s demands that “unfriendly” countries pay for Russian gas in rubles, he says.