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May 24, 2022

Poland terminates gas deal with Russia over ruble dispute

The decision follows Russia suspending gas supplies to Poland in April after the latter rejected to pay for gas in rubles.

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Poland had terminated its agreement to receive natural gas from Russia via the Yamal–Europe pipeline after the ruble dispute between the countries.

The move comes after Russia halted gas supplies to Poland in April 2022 after the latter refused to pay for Russian gas in rubles.

Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa said on Twitter that deal termination did not affect gas flow via the pipeline from Germany to Poland.

Poland previously said it would not extend the gas supply contract with Russia. This contract is due to expire at the end of this year.

Polish news agency PAP quoted Moskwa as saying: “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has confirmed the accuracy of the Polish Government’s determination to become completely independent from Russian gas. We always knew that Gazprom was not a reliable partner.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We can hardly talk about any contractual relations now. Poland has refused to pay for gas long ago and, in order for gas to be supplied, written agreements and payment are needed.

“We need to carefully analyse the possible consequences for the transit.”

The pipeline is designed to transport natural gas from the Yamal peninsula in Russia to European countries including Poland, Germany, and Belarus.

EuRoPol Gaz owns the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe pipeline while Gaz-System serves as the operator of the pipeline in Poland.

EuRoPol is a joint venture between Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG (48%), Gazprom (48%), and PGNiG’s subsidiary Gas-Trading (4%).

The Yamal pipeline is used by Poland to receive gas from Germany. This is done by reversing the gas flow in the event of Russia stopping the supply of gas towards western Europe.

Moskwa said: “Intergovernmental agreements with Russia, which are breaching the European law, should not be in place any longer.

“The Yamal pipeline is functioning in line with the European law, which allows it to be used for reverse supplies of gas from Germany to Poland, without interruption.”

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