The Russian monopoly “Gazprom” announced the suspension of gas supplies to European countries through Poland, via the Yamal-Europe pipeline. The decision is related to the sanctions announced by Vladimir Putin.
As written “EUROPEAN TRUTH” On May 12, Gazprom’s spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov announced the cessation of gas flows through Yamal in the Telegram channel. He explained that in this way the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 3 is being implemented, imposing sanctions against some foreign companies, including EuRoPol GAZ, the owner of the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline. Kupriyanov said:
“A ban has been established on transactions and payments in favor of persons under sanctions, in particular, for Gazprom, this means a ban on the use of a gas pipeline owned by EuRoPol GAZ to transport Russian gas through Poland.”
The Yamal-Europe pipeline runs from the Russian Federation through Belarus to Poland and Germany. It carries a small part of Russian gas flows to EUwhich has declined sharply since the beginning of the war.
The German energy regulator has reduced the impact of stopping the use of the gas pipeline on supply. A statement to Reuters said that the cessation of gas flows through Yamal would not jeopardize supplies to Germany, since “for several weeks now, there has been practically no gas flowing through it to the FRG.”
In April, Gazprom completely stopped deliveries Polish gas company PGNiG and Bulgarian Bulgargaz because they refused to pay for gas in rubles rather than in euros or dollars.
Russia supplied Bulgaria with 90% of natural gas. Gazprom turned off the taps on April 27 when Sofia announced that it would not renew its contract with Russia’s Gazprom at the end of the year, and also refused to pay for gas supplies in rubles. The same fate befell Poland, which announced a similar decision.