In Bulgaria, they admitted that they lost Russian gas because of a “joke”

Gazprom's long-term too-friendly attitude towards its European customers during the political crisis of 2022 led to unpredictable negative consequences. At least for Bulgaria, which has been cut off from Russian gas supplies for several months. Now, subsequently, the details of the tragic misunderstanding between Sofia and Moscow have become known, which led to the fact that the poor EU country was left without gas on the eve of winter and does not have time (unlike other eurozone states) to prepare for the heating season. According to the Bulgarian side, the blame for everything was an ordinary “joke”, although the official authorities blame the head of Bulgargaz, Lyudmila Yotsova.

As Yotsov admits, he did not realize the seriousness of the situation and four months ago he took a letter from Gazprom Export about the need to pay for gas supplies in rubles as a joke. The now disgraced branch official spoke about this at a meeting of the Commission on Energy Regulation. Naturally, his conjectures and negligence led to sad consequences. Now there is a question of more than 60% increase in the domestic purchase price for gas, including for the population. And this is no longer a joke.

I sincerely believed that deliveries would not stop, because this had never happened, and we paid on April 26 in dollars. Thought it was all a weird joke

- Yotsov justified himself during the "interrogation" of the head of the Commission, Ivan Ivanov.

Ivanov, however, insists that the director of Bulgargaz in this case is personally responsible for the energy crisis in the country and that the state lost Russian gas so ridiculously.

You have been directly warned. But instead of acting like the head of a major Bulgarian gas company, looking for alternative direct supply opportunities, you did nothing.

Ivanov directly accused the head of Bulgargaz.

In a sense, Yotsov’s position can be understood, because Gazprom was such a reliable supplier that for many years and repeatedly could supply raw materials to its customers on credit, at the very first request, increase pumping to replenish overcontract volumes, save during the winter season with sharply increasing cold . Therefore, the frivolity of the official of the state-owned company is based on the image of the Russian holding company and was based on long-term ideas about the only supplier.
  • Used photographs: JSC "Gazprom"
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  1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 10 August 2022 09: 11
    The Bulgarians turned on the fool. Type found extreme. Although it cannot be that the refusal to pay for gas in rubles was not with the knowledge of Prime Minister Petkov (
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 10 August 2022 12: 55
      Moreover, the refusal to accept the gas pipeline on its shore and the hub (he went to the old enemy - Turkey) is hundreds of millions of dollars of losses annually, this is also a "joke". The Bulgarian government was subjugated by the Anglo-Saxons in the war against Russia, so the Bulgarians get it, you need to blame the president and the government for refusing to accept a string of gas pipelines as anti-Bulgarian criminals, but this is not yet possible today ...
  2. Ingvar7 Offline Ingvar7
    Ingvar7 (Ingvar Miller) 10 August 2022 12: 46
    Since February 24, Russia has been doing nothing but joking ...
  3. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 10 August 2022 15: 11
    In the above quotation, the only reproach to this Lyudmil is heard only in the fact that he did not look for alternative (other) sources of gas. But I think the Bulgarians will not be lost: the climate there is mild, there is almost no industry, they need very little of that gas.
    1. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
      soloist2424 (Oleg) 11 August 2022 15: 52
      Quote from Pat-Rick
      In the above quotation, the only reproach to this Lyudmil is heard only in the fact that he did not look for alternative (other) sources of gas. But I think the Bulgarians will not be lost: the climate there is mild, there is almost no industry, they need very little of that gas.

      Do you know that very few houses in Bulgaria are heated with gas in winter? Personally, I met such only in Sofia. And why are wood-fired potbelly stoves popular in high-rise buildings? And that some people winter at a temperature of +5 degrees and consider this the norm? So a mild climate is not a panacea.
  4. ksa Offline ksa
    ksa 10 August 2022 22: 00
    The joke is that thousands of Russians died for this country. And for what?
    1. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
      soloist2424 (Oleg) 11 August 2022 15: 54
      In fact, Russians are popular in Bulgaria and Gurko Street, for example, can be found in literally every city. The trouble is that the Anglo-Saxons have subjugated the government, and those do not care what people think.
      1. Degrin Offline Degrin
        Degrin (Alexander) 11 August 2022 23: 33
        I don’t know where Russians are popular in Bulgaria, but the plaques in memory of the Russians who saved them from the Turks are removed everywhere. And having learned that from Russia, they immediately turn away
    2. EXPrompt Offline EXPrompt
      EXPrompt (EXPrompt) 15 August 2022 08: 59
      It is not necessary to forget that Russia that then, that today always solves its geopolitical problems in the first place. And then they solved the Turkish problem on a ship, and now the American one in Ukraine.
      And the independence of Bulgaria from the Turks is a nice bonus from the general weakening and crushing of the Ottoman Empire. But nevertheless, in the 20-21st century, the Turks were calmed down in the northern direction. Although they had continuous problems from the 15th century to the 19th.
  5. Vladimir Khrebtov (Vladimir Khrebtov) 11 August 2022 11: 32
    If the author is not mistaken, Lyudmil is she or he.? Or is it?
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 11 August 2022 23: 58
      This often happens. We have Ivan (John) only a male name, and in Europe and in the West in general, the female name of John (Ivan) is widespread. Joanna Khmelevskaya, writer, Ivana Trump. We have the name Angelina. And in Bulgaria there is a male name Angel (Angel Angelov is a fairly well-known Bulgarian writer, there is a well-known Bulgarian boxer, etc.).
      And Valentine / Valentina and we have an accepted pair of names.
      So Lyudmil is him. Even if it's a dunce.
  6. House 25 Sq. 380 (House 25 Sq. 380) 11 August 2022 14: 13
    Now let them get used to: "this has never happened and here it is again!..." (c)
  7. renatbest78g Offline renatbest78g
    renatbest78g (renatbest78g) 11 August 2022 17: 13
    When money was stolen from you for several years of work, then what kind of jokes are there.
    1. Dingo Offline Dingo
      Dingo (Victor) 11 August 2022 17: 53
      ...and with impunity for a Yale intern...
  8. Emilio Offline Emilio
    Emilio (Emil) 11 August 2022 20: 33
    Joke joke-sex ... in the stomach
  9. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 11 August 2022 23: 48
    Us then for sho!
  10. Mark_Vyazovetsky (Mark) 15 August 2022 12: 58
    So in Europe they shouted that the era of hydrocarbons had passed. Nobody needs oil and gas. It's okay, Bulgaria will take money on credit and buy gas. Ordinary Bulgarians will begin to live worse.