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Poland begins gas rationing as gas crisis deepens

Gazprom representatives admitted they have stopped all transfer of gas through the pipelines to Poland upon which it transports 80% of its gas to Europe, and it said it had done so with the green light from Russian PM Vladimir Putin.

“Although the situation is changing by the minute, in my opinion Russia and Ukraine are much more eager to reach a compromise than might be concluded from official declarations,” said Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski yesterday.

Polish government representatives ensured that Poland is not endangered by the move, and thus the situation plaguing Slovakia and Bulgaria will be avoided. Nevertheless despite such statements, Polish Oil and Gas (PGNiG) immediately took advantage of statutory regulations allowing the company to limit gas supplies to industry, resulting in scaled down deliveries to the Orlen and Puławy Nitrogen Plants by between 12%-25%. (Reuters)