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Poland to help regions cut off Russian gas

Polish state-owned company PGNiG will take over gas supplies to municipalities that have been cut off from gas after the Russia-connected Novatek Green Energy firm was sanctioned by the Polish government, according to a prime minister’s decree.

Government spokesman Piotr Müller announced the prime minister’s decision on Twitter on Friday.

“Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki issued a decision securing the supplies of gas to places that used to receive gas from companies now covered by sanctions,” Mr Müller tweeted.

“State-owned companies immediately took action to ensure a swift implementation of the decision.”

PGNiG said later on Friday that it would ensure supplies to ten affected municipalities and Polska Spolka Gazownictwa (owned by PGNiG) would deal with the distribution side.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński on Tuesday published a list of sanctioned companies in the ministry’s official gazette.

Novatek Green Energy, which is controlled by Russia’s second biggest natural gas producer OAO Novatek, was among the 50 sanctioned entities.

Having been placed on the list, Novatek cut off its gas supplies to Polish municipalities it had contracts with.

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