The Russian Federation has suspended its natural gas deliveries to Poland after Warsaw has repeatedly refused to pay in rubles—despite numerous warnings from President Vladimir Putin—several reports from the Polish press suggest.
The development, which according to Polish news portal Onet has been confirmed by government sources and PGNiG, Poland’s largest gas company, marks a new low in rapidly deteriorating relations between Russia and the collective West. It comes one day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed that his country has sent tanks to Ukraine.
Additionally, this news release, which comes after the deadline for settling payments for gas in rubles expired last Friday, April 22nd, immediately sent European gas prices through the roof Tuesday afternoon, prompting a 17% spike in a matter of minutes.
It should be noted that, since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly two months ago, Poland has been among the most hawkish of European Union member states, hosting a large contingent of US troops, many of whom are training Ukrainian soldiers how to fight and kill Russians.
As of this report, Gazprom, the Russian state-owned multinational energy corporation, has yet to confirm the suspension of gas supplies to Poland.