Poland outsmarts Putin as Kremlin CUTS gas supplies into EU – energy masterplan unveiled

Poland’s Jablonski says Russia is 'willing to attack weak spot'

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The Kremlin cut off Poland and Bulgaria’s gas on Wednesday after it warned that it would stop sending gas to “unfriendly” countries that refuse to pay in rubles.

Poland’s state gas company, PGNiG confirmed that Moscow stopped sending supplies to Warsaw and Sofia,  backed up by data from the EU network of gas transmission operators that gas was not flowing for a brief period, and has since restarted.

But Poland is not phased by the Russian threat, arguing it is more than ready should Moscow move to slash its gas supplies again.

 

Warsaw has insisted that the Russian gas cut would not even impact households as it has been planning for this moment anyway.

Energy Minister Anna Moskwa said: “Poland has the necessary gas reserves and sources of supply that protect our security.” 

She added that gas storage facilities were 76 percent full in Poland, and that the country has been making sure to diversify its gas and energy sources.

Poland has demonstrated one of the tougher stances in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine with regard to energy sanctions.

 

Last month, Polish Prime Miniter Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled what he called the “most radical” plan made by any country in an attempt to ditch Russian fossil fuels.

He said: “Today we present the most radical plan in Europe to move away from Russian hydrocarbons – Russian oil, Russian gas and Russian coal.

“When others in Europe looked at Russia as a business partner, we knew that Russia was primarily using gas as an instrument of blackmail.

“That is why we have been persuading for years to take the tools of blackmail from Putin and Russia.”

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