After the gas tap was turned off for Poland, the south-east European country Bulgaria is now also affected by a gas supply stop. The Russian state-owned company Gazprom announced that it would stop all deliveries from today.
The Ministry of Economy in Sofia announced that it is working on solutions with state gas companies. Alternative arrangements for the supply of gas should be made quickly. Restrictions are not necessary for the time being. Bulgaria gets 90 percent of gas imports from Russia.
Because Poland had not paid for its gas supplies in rubles, it was the first country to be hit by a gas supply freeze. On Tuesday it was reported that the gas tap was turned off for Poland (eXXpress reported). The country has taken in the most refugees from Ukraine.
According to General Director Alfred Stern, the Austrian OMV “of course” wanted to continue paying for its gas deliveries from Russia in euros and not in rubles: “We have no other contractual basis, I shouldn’t do anything like that,” he said in March.
Maybe representatives of the Federal Government (Energy Minister Gewessler, Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, etc.) have time today to inform us about the current situation in the gas supply. Quite a few Austrians want to know when it will be cold here too – and when industry and commercial enterprises without gas will have to announce mass layoffs.