Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas company, said Wednesday that it has cut off the supply 0f natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria. This move will almost certainly escalate economic tensions between Moscow and the West over the war in Ukraine.

A Gazprom employee operates a well in Siberia. They have recently cut off the natural gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria. Image Credit: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News

Russia announced in a statement yesterday that it shut off the gas supply to Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz and Poland’s PGNiG because they defied President Putin’s mandate that they pay for their product in Russian currency.

A representative from Gasprom informs us that this suspension of services will last “until payments are made in rubles.”

PGNiG, one of the largest companies in Poland, has confirmed the stoppage noting that natural gas deliveries from Gazprom have “halted completely.” However, they continued to say that at the moment, the move has not affected current deliveries to their customers and that they are receiving fuel “as they wished.”