Poland admits that it has lost its position as a transit country for Russian gas

28.12.2021, Warsaw.

Poland ceases to be a transit country for gas from Russia, fuel market and energy security expert Andrzej Szczęśniak said, RMF FM radio reported on December 28.

“No export gas goes through the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe pipeline. That is, the Russians supply gas for our needs, a small amount – 2.5 billion cubic meters, but 30 billion cubic meters, which is one and a half times more than Poland consumes per year, is not going to Germany at the moment,” Andrzej Szczęśniak said.

According to him, this is a problem for Warsaw, because the country loses its transit position, as well as does not receive income from the gas pipeline passing through its territory. He also added that Moscow began to consider the Polish direction solely as a reserve.

“This means that if they have enough other pipelines, such as Nord Stream 1, the Turkish or Ukrainian sections, they transport through these pipelines. And they consider Poland as a reserve section, that is, if there is no demand, they do not send there,” the expert added.

He noted that Poland suffers losses, because the maintenance of infrastructure requires expenditures, while there are no more transit revenues. At the same time, the country has become a field of play for other powers.

“Here we are victims of a big geopolitical game, over our heads on one side of Russia, on the other side of Germany, but also the United States,” the expert concluded.

On December 25, Gazprom reported that a number of customers from France and Germany have already selected their annual volumes of gas supplies under annual contracts and no longer put up new bids.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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