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In a dramatic escalation of tensions with the West, Russian energy giant Gazprom informed Poland’s state-owned gas company PGNiG that it would “completely suspend” gas supplies along the Yamal pipeline from Wednesday, it said. PGNiG said in a statement.

“On April 26, Gazprom informed PGNiG of its intention to suspend deliveries entirely under the Yamal contract at the start of the contract day on April 27,” the statement said.

Gazprom has not confirmed the shutdown of Russian gas supplies to Poland, Russian news agency TASS reported on Tuesday, citing company spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov.

Mr Kupriyanov, however, stressed that Poland had to pay for Russian gas supplies in roubles, a request that Warsaw refused.

Last month, Russia issued an ultimatum to “unfriendly” countries that they must pay for their energy in rubles from April 1 or risk being cut off from vital supplies. But the flow of gas continued.

The Kremlin said payments for gas delivered at the time of its announcement would fall due around the end of April or the beginning of May, which is why Russia did not immediately cut off the flow of gas to Europe.

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