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Russia Cuts Off a Major Supply of Natural Gas to Poland

However with winter now over, warming temperatures ought to assist reduce the blow in each, not less than in coming months. Not like a few of its neighbors, Poland burns coal, not fuel, for many of its electrical energy, so it’s much less weak on that entrance.

Poland’s local weather minister, Anna Moskwa, performed down the influence of Russia’s choice, insisting at a information convention in Warsaw on Tuesday that “we’re able to be totally reduce off” from Russian fuel. Bulgaria’s power ministry, in an announcement, assured shoppers that “at present, no restrictions are required on fuel consumption in Bulgaria.”

Russia’s choice nonetheless marked a major ratcheting up of tensions with the European Union, which, since Russia invaded Ukraine, has joined the US in imposing more and more stringent financial sanctions, badly damaging the Russian financial system.

Each Poland and Bulgaria, together with different European international locations aside from Hungary, rejected a requirement by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that power purchases be paid for in rubles to assist prop up his forex, although the contracts for international gross sales usually require fee in {dollars}.

Russia has been notably indignant at Poland due to Warsaw’s strong help for Ukraine, which has obtained lots of its NATO-supplied arms via Polish territory and from which practically three hundreds of thousands refugees have fled throughout the Polish border.

Bulgaria is historically extra pro-Russian than most different European international locations, notably Poland, however it nonetheless endorsed European Union sanctions towards Russia — in contrast to Serbia, a Russia-friendly nation that’s not a member of the European bloc. Bulgaria’s new coalition authorities has been convulsed by pressure over whether or not to ship arms to Ukraine.

Russia has made clear for months that it’ll favor international locations that don’t criticize it with dependable provides of power. Throughout a go to in Moscow from Hungary’s Kremlin-friendly chief, Viktor Orban, shortly earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine, Mr. Putin provided assurances that Hungary, in contrast to different European international locations, didn’t have to fret about working in need of pure fuel.

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