Russian gas company GAZPROM cut off gas supplies to Polio and Bulgaria. Russia demands payment in rubles for the gas it supplies to “unfriendly policies.”
Russia has so far supplied about half of its annual gas consumption – 10 billion cubic meters (BCM). However, for gas production, Russian gas makes up only eight percent and 80 percent coal. The Polish prime minister responded that the Russian move does not require emergency measures.
Reuters reports that Bulgaria consumes three BCM of Russian gas a year and 90 percent of the gas has so far come from Russia to Bulgaria via Turkey and the rest from Azerbaijan.
Both countries have announced that their gas reserves are full. Poland can buy gas in Germany and the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria – in Turkey and Greece.