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Polish officials say Russia is suspending natural gas deliveries to Poland after refusing to pay in Russian rubles

WARSAW, Poland — Russia is suspending deliveries of natural gas to Poland from Wednesday morning after Poland refused a request to pay for its supplies in Russian roubles, Polish officials said Tuesday.

Poland’s state-owned gas company, PGNiG, said it was told by Russian gas giant Gazprom that deliveries through the Yamal-Europe pipeline would stop on Wednesday.

Climate Minister Anna Moskwa stressed that Poland was prepared for such a situation after working for years to reduce its dependence on Russian energy sources. She said the country has been effectively independent with regard to Russian gas for some time.

“There will be no shortage of gas in Polish homes,” Moskwa tweeted.

The Minister repeated this message at a press conference. “The appropriate diversification strategies we have in place allow us to feel safe in this situation,” she said.

The Yamal pipeline transports natural gas from Russia to Poland and Germany, via Belarus. Poland receives some 9 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per year.

Flow charts published on the website of the European Network of Gas Transmission System Operators showed drastic drops in gas flows at entry points in Kondratki, a town in eastern Poland, and Vysokaye, in Belarus.

Russian news agency Tass quoted Gazprom as saying Poland had to pay for its gas supplies under a new procedure, but the Russian company did not confirm the suspension of gas supplies.

Poland has been working since the 1990s to wean itself off Russian energy and is expected to end its dependence on Russian gas this year.

ABC News

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