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Agreement between the Polish company PGNiG and Gazprom does not provide for the possibility to change the currency in which payments are made. This was announced by the head of PGNiG Pavel Mayevsky during a press conference, reports the Polish agency PAP Biznes.
“I do not see such a possibility. Contract with Gazprom does not provide for any change in the currency in which payments are made,— Mayevsky said.
On the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that in the near future the country will switch to payments in rubles for gas supplies to unfriendly countries. According to him, under the current conditions, “it is quite obvious that it makes no sense for us to supply our goods to the European Union, the United States in dollars, euros and a number of other currencies.”
PGNiG did not disclose the currency in which the payments are made. “Contract between PGNiG and Gazprom” valid until the end of 2022, PGNiG is in constant contact with the contractor,— reported the day before to the Polish newspaper Wyborcza in the company in response to a request about how the settlements under the current contract are going.
Now Poland receives Russian gas under the so-called Yamal contract, concluded between Gazprom; and the Polish state company PGNiG almost 25 years ago— at the end of September 1996. The parties agreed to supply 9.8 billion cubic meters. m of Russian gas per year. The contract is valid until the end of 2022 and can be extended by decision of the parties. Poland announced its intention to refuse Russian gas supplies in the fall of 2019, the company sent Gazprom a notice of refusal to renew the agreement.
Then the company explained the decision to terminate the contract by the desire to diversify gas supplies to Poland. This should ensure the security of energy supplies to the country. Russian gas should be replaced by liquefied natural gas, as well as gas from Norwegian fields via the Baltic Pipe pipeline (Baltic Pipe).