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Poland will not pay for Russian gas in roubles, PM says

Paweł Supernak/PAP

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that Poland will not give in to Russia’ “blackmail” regarding gas payment rules.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday stating that countries Russia sees as “hostile” to its war on Ukraine will have to buy Russian gas for the Russian currency, the rouble, otherwise gas supplies will be cut off.

Russia’s state gas operator Gazprom on Friday notified Polish counterpart PGNiG about changes in gas payment regulations starting from April 1.

Morawiecki told a press conference in Otwock near Warsaw on Saturday that “if such blackmail is used against Poland, we will not succumb to this blackmail.”

He said that Putin wanted to break EU sanctions and appealed to the chancellors of Germany and Austria no to let Russia blackmailed them.

“Sanctions must be respected, they must be tight. This system must be tight. We cannot weaken it, it is all critically important,” he said. 

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