The Russian company Gazprom is going to stop using an important Polish gas pipeline for fuel shipments to Europe, it announced in a statement. In this way, the company is responding to the sanctions of the European Union -also, to a certain extent, of the G7, which has promised to give up Russian oil-, which wants to reduce its dependence on Russia to a minimum, in addition to punishing the invasion of Ukraine by from the country.

As explained by the firm in a statement collected by AFP, its decision “means the prohibition of using a gas pipeline belonging to the EuRoPol GAZ group [in charge of the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline] to transport Russian gas via Poland.”

The latest package of sanctions from the European Union affects hydrocarbons and, as happened with the one that touched on coal, its negotiation is proving to be more complex than expected, since there are countries that depend a lot on Russian materials.

In this context, the Government of Vladimir Putin announced its countermeasures, with sanctions against more than 30 companies from the EU, the United States or Singapore. Among them, EuRoPol GAZ S.A., owner of the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.

In fact, the German Minister of Energy, Robert Habeck, accused Russia this Thursday of using energy as “a weapon”. The closure of this pipeline, he asserted, is in retaliation for Western sanctions. “The situation is aggravated as energy is now used as a weapon, in various ways,” Habeck said.

For his part, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged the EU to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. “Russia’s energy oxygen must be disconnected, it is particularly important for Europe,” Kuleba told a news conference. “Russia has shown that it is not a trustworthy partner and Europe cannot afford” to continue dealing with it under these conditions, he added.

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