MOSCOW, 9 Aug — Energy Minister of the Technical Government of Bulgaria Rosen Hristov said that the Cabinet of Ministers is considering the possibility of resuming the supply of blue fuel from Gazprom. About this he told on the air of bTV channel.
Since April 27, Gazprom has suspended deliveries to the Bulgarian company Bulgargaz due to non-payment in rubles. Moscow switched to settlements in the Russian national currency with unfriendly countries from April 1. To do this, buyers need to open foreign currency and ruble accounts with Gazprombank: the first receives payment in foreign currency, the bank sells it on the Moscow Exchange and credits money to the second account. This amount is received by Gazprom.
“We are a government of technocrats, we are considering all options, including the resumption of supplies from Gazprom. As a priority, we are considering alternative suppliers, but if it turns out that there are not enough of them, I will not become the minister who will leave people to freeze in winter,” the official said. .
Earlier, the government of former Prime Minister Kiril Petkov entered into an agreement to supply seven tankers of liquefied natural gas from the United States. At the same time, representatives of local business circles stated that this would not be enough.
At the end of June, a government crisis occurred in Bulgaria, which led to the resignation of the cabinet of ministers headed by Petkov. It was not possible to form a new government, so President Rumen Radev called early parliamentary elections and appointed a service government.
In early August, the chairman of the board of directors of Bulgargaz, Ivan Topchiisky, said that the company continues to negotiate with Gazprom, and there is a possibility of resuming Russian gas supplies to Bulgaria.
Mediapool, in turn, wrote that “many are waiting” for the resumption of negotiations with Gazprom by the Bulgarian government.
Western countries stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow after the start of a special operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. So, Russian reserves were frozen in the amount of about 300 billion dollars. Calls to abandon Russian energy sources have become louder. At the same time, the disruption of supply chains led to economic problems in Europe and the United States, primarily to an increase in food and fuel prices.