The European Union is looking for ways to take revenge on Russia for refusing direct gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland


Moscow demanded that Warsaw and Sofia pay for gas in rubles, but they refused to comply with this condition. After that, Gazprom punished the Polish concern PGNiG and the Bulgarian gas distribution company Bulgargaz, shutting off the valve on April 27, writes the French newspaper Ouest-France.


The publication notes that the Poles and Bulgarians, thanks to European solidarity and the creation of some of their own reserves, will be able to withstand the shock due to the disconnection from Russian gas for some time. The Russian Federation condemns these two Eastern European countries for supporting Kyiv, and Berlin may be next in line for punishment.

However, a source close to the European Commission called this threat relative, as there are enough reserves to cope with the current situation in the near future. Moreover, the dependence of the EU on the Russian Federation for gas from today's 45% of imports should be reduced by 2/3 by the end of 2022 and by 100% in 2027. Moreover, the European Union is already looking for ways to take revenge on Russia for refusing direct gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in the European currency.

Brussels is going to take action under the European program REpowerEU, aimed at diversifying the sources of energy supply. By the end of 2022, all EU countries will be required to have access to at least three sources of blue fuel, including direct or indirect LNG.

In addition, the EU expects to increase the production of biomethane and accelerate the transition to pure hydrogen. By 2030, the share of renewable energy sources in the EU energy mix could reach 40%. The EU regarded what happened with Poland and Bulgaria as a warning signal. Therefore, the energy crisis that has arisen will only contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition.

Each EU country will also have to save between 0,8% and 1,5% of energy. At the same time, Paris will receive European funding in the amount of 5,8 billion euros for the modernization of French energy facilities.

Thanks to the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, in 2013 a program for the modernization of the interconnected energy systems of the EU countries was launched for 9 billion euros. This further rallied the Europeans, as it led to an increase in the capacity of 114 gas pipelines and 20 LNG terminals.

With regard to the mentioned Eastern European countries, Poland and Bulgaria are taking measures to avoid shortages of important energy raw materials. Warsaw has increased stocks and continues to accumulate them. The terminal in Świnoujście has been modernized and expanded. In 2023, supplies of Norwegian blue fuel will begin to Poland via the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. In turn, Bulgaria is going to buy gas from Azerbaijan, the gas pipeline from Greece should be put into operation in autumn. Additional volumes of gas in the form of LNG will be taken from the terminal in Alexandroupolis (Greece), in which Bulgaria has its share.

However, as French energy expert Patrice Geoffron warns, all these measures will not prevent turbulence and price fluctuations in energy markets, which will affect the economy EU summed up the media.
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  1. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) April 30 2022 11: 54
    +11
    The whole story with the supply of energy resources to the West resembles a bad dream.
    The situation looks like this
    1. The EU declares that it is necessary to refuse Russian supplies. But not now, but a little later. When the EU countries prepare for this event. The goal is to destroy the Russian economy.
    2. Russia declares that it is ready to supply energy resources so that the EU economy does not collapse.

    Imagine a commander at the front who says "we are ready to attack, but so that the enemy does not suffer heavy losses and properly prepares for our offensive, we do not start hostilities."

    The power cut to Europe must happen now and immediately. Regardless of any financial loss. The enemy must be destroyed economically and sign a complete surrender. Once again I can say "I am convinced that if Russia had imposed its sanctions last year, there would have been no current war. If Russia had abandoned the transit agreement in 2019, there would have been no war now."
  2. cooper Offline cooper
    cooper (Alexander) April 30 2022 13: 11
    +3
    Let the deranged EU turn to the league of sexual reforms, they will help.
  3. FGJCNJK Offline FGJCNJK
    FGJCNJK (Nikolai) April 30 2022 13: 17
    +4
    Quote: Bakht
    Had Russia abandoned the transit agreement in 2019, there would have been no war now."

    But this requires the political will of the one who promised strikes against decision-making centers. If there is no will, then there will be no blows. And why was it necessary to blurt out the tongue in vain?
    1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) April 30 2022 18: 51
      -3
      and this is the whole essence of Putin's policy, to scare and bluff, but it worked at first, now everyone is convinced that there will be no action
  4. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) April 30 2022 15: 58
    0
    Bluff of pure water, which will continue all summer, until the onset of cold weather. But during this time, Russia will hear a lot of threats and "warnings"
  5. Lukas Offline Lukas
    Lukas (Vladimir) April 30 2022 16: 34
    0
    Blow up the terminal in Swinnousice!
  6. Konstantin Gromov (Konstantin Konstantin) April 30 2022 18: 05
    +2
    Bulgarians with Poles are now experiencing an orgasm - they want to take revenge on the Russians for them))))
  7. until Offline until
    until (Vasiliy) April 30 2022 20: 03
    0
    If a complete trade blockade has been declared, if no goods can be purchased abroad, why are there dollars, euros, and transferable rubles?
  8. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 1 May 2022 00: 05
    +1
    Payment as it was in euros and dollars, and remained. No one bought rubles to pay for gas, so no one buys. Already explained a hundred times.
    The bottom line is that they can neither freeze, nor arrest, nor steal this payment in euros and dollars, because dollars and euros are credited to the special account of Gazprombank, they are converted by the bank and the rubles are already transferred to the account of Gazprom.
    Those who are stubborn and refuse to pay in euros or dollars, those from April 1 should be blocked from deliveries.
    If we went on principle, we would impose sanctions on all banks, including Gazprombank, but they do not impose them and act selectively, leaving themselves a field for circumventing their own sanctions, and it’s clear why.
    Now, if they decide the critical dependence on the supply of energy resources, not only gas, but also oil and other raw materials from the Russian Federation, then they will already slam the loophole if the Russian Federation does not firmly raise the issue of switching to payment in national currencies - rubles and euros.
  9. Anatole 46 Offline Anatole 46
    Anatole 46 (Anatoly) 1 May 2022 13: 04
    +2
    Quote: rotkiv04
    and this is the whole essence of Putin's policy, to scare and bluff, but it worked at first, now everyone is convinced that there will be no action

    Scarecrows and bluff is precisely politics. What are you supposed to do? Bomb right away? And then? Try to answer these questions. As for delivering or not delivering... Are you ready to compensate for lost income in the amount of plus or minus a yard of euros per day, right? I don't think so.