In a dramatic escalation of tensions with the West, Russian energy giant Gazprom informed Poland’s state-run gas firm PGNiG said that it will “entirely suspend” gas supplies along the Yamal pipeline starting on Wednesday, PGNiG said in a statement.
“On April 26, Gazprom informed PGNiG of its intention to entirely suspend deliveries under the Yamal contract at the beginning of the contract day on April 27,” the statement read.
Gazprom did not confirm that the supply of Russian gas to Poland had been stopped, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday, citing the company’s spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov.
Mr Kupriyanov, however, emphasised that Poland must pay for Russian gas supplies in rubles, a demand Warsaw has refused.
Russia delivered an ultimatum last month to “unfriendly” nations that they must pay for their energy in rubles starting April 1 or risk being cut off from vital supplies. But the flow of gas has continued.
The Kremlin said payments for gas being delivered at the time of its announcement would fall due toward the end of April or the beginning of May, which is why Russia didn’t immediately shut off the flow of gas to Europe.