Bulgaria will not accept Russia’s terms on gas deliveries: PM
Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on Thursday that Bulgaria will not accept Russia's terms to pay in rubles.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Kiril Petkov announced Thursday that Bulgaria will not accept Russia’s terms on exports of gas.
Petkov told Le Monde, "No one has the right to unilaterally change the terms of the contract. If we make a concession, this would be the first crack in the European family, and Bulgaria will not be the cause of this crack, adding that Sofia counts on the EU’s help to receive Azerbaijani gas and organize joint LNG purchases.
The PM also stated the country has enough gas supplies for more than one month should nothing change.
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On Wednesday, Russia's Gazprom announced the suspension of gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland due to the non-payment of dues in rubles.
Yesterday, the Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, announced that Austria has accepted Russia's conditions on payments for gas in rubles.
Gazprom also warned that it would restrict gas transit to neighboring countries if Poland and Bulgaria began using Russian gas illegally through transit pipes.