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European Union begins emergency gas talks as Russia abruptly suspends supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the announcement by Gazprom is yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail.

AP Reported by: AP Brussels Updated on: April 27, 2022 18:01 IST
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 The tanker Sun Arrows loads its cargo of liquefied natural gas from the Sakhalin-2 project in the port of Prigorodnoye, Russia

Highlights

  • EU officials holding emergency gas talks on Russian decision to abruptly suspend to Poland, Bulgaria
  • EU chief said move in unacceptable over unreliability of Russia as a gas supplier.
  • We will also continue working with international partners to secure alternative flows: EU chief

European Union officials are holding emergency gas talks following Russia's decision to abruptly turn off supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, according to the bloc's top official.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the announcement by Gazprom is yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail.

Von der Leyen lashed out at what she described as an unjustified and unacceptable move underlining the unreliability of Russia as a gas supplier. Von der Leyen, the head of the EU's executive branch, said a meeting of the gas coordination group was underway, adding that the region's 27 countries are prepared to weather Russia's cutoffs.

Member States have put in place contingency plans for just such a scenario and we worked with them in coordination and solidarity, she said. We are mapping out our coordinated EU response. We will also continue working with international partners to secure alternative flows.

Read More | Russia suspending gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria

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