European Commission President Arsula van der Leyen said on Wednesday that Poland and Bulgaria were receiving gas from their European Union neighbors.
Then comes. Russian energy company Gazprom cut off gas supplies. For Poland and Bulgaria on Wednesday, when both countries refused to pay the Russian energy company in rubles, the company said in a statement.
In a statement, von der Leyen called it “another provocation by the Kremlin” and accused Moscow of using gas to “blackmail” the bloc.
“This is what the European Commission is preparing for in close coordination and solidarity with member countries and international partners. Our response will be immediate, united and coordinated,” he said in a statement. “First of all, we will make sure that Gazprom’s decision has the least impact on European consumers. Today, the member states met in the Gas Coordination Group. Poland and Bulgaria briefed us on the situation. Both Bulgaria are now receiving gas from their EU neighbors. “
The official also stressed the need for reliable energy partners, who promise to end the era of Russian fossil fuels in Europe.
In a further statement, it pledged to ensure a “medium-term” plan to supply and store enough gas, and to invest in “green transitions.”
“In the long run, REPowerEU will also help us move towards a more reliable, secure and sustainable energy supply. We will present our plans to accelerate green transitions in mid-May. Every euro we renew Investing in resources and energy efficiency is a down payment for our future energy autonomy. ”
Bulgaria’s energy ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that Bulgaria was in “constant contact” with the European Commission because “joint supplies are being discussed at EU level.”
Speaking at a briefing in the capital, Sofia, Bulgarian Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov said: “Consumption of natural gas in Bulgaria has been ensured for at least a month and there is no need to restrict its use at this time. ”
Nikolov said he had received a warning from Russia’s Gazprom on Tuesday that supplies would be disrupted. He said that under the current agreement, Bulgarian gas operator Bulgarigs has fulfilled all its obligations and Gazprom is not fulfilling the terms of the agreement with the supplier.
“It is clear that in the current context of the war in Ukraine, Russia is using natural gas as a political and economic weapon,” Nikolov said, adding that Bulgaria would not negotiate under pressure.
The ministry said Bulgarian natural gas operating companies had ensured the continuity of “alternative supplies”.
“Our country is a loyal partner in existing agreements and we will not jeopardize the supply to our neighbors,” Nikolov said.
CNN’s Radina Gigova contributed to this post.