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Bulgaria in Crisis from Russian gas-cut

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay France (US trip!)














Bulgaria has resorted to rationing supplies to industry, and may run out in days... Like Macedonia, it has no access to alternative pipeline routes. Slovakia has declared an energy emergency and most Balkan countries said deliveries of Russian gas had been totally halted...
-Bulgaria will seek the reopening of a nuclear power facility, as two cities were left without gas... read.

Others:
Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey all reported deep cuts in their gas supplies.

Map and percentages of cut, as: Russia turns off gas supplies

Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said Russia increased gas delivered to Turkey via the Blue-Stream pipeline which passes under the Black Sea to 48 million cubic meters (mcm) per day from a previous 40 mcm, and Turkey would use liquid natural gas sources as well as natural gas stores...read.
And this from IranVNC-
Meanwhile, an unnamed source in Iran’s embassy in Ankara told Reuters that Tehran may be able to increase its natural gas supplies to Turkey if a shortfall is created.

And another publication: "Iran may be able to increase its natural gas supplies to Turkey if a shortfall is created by the cut off of Russian gas supplies, an Iranian embassy source said, on Tuesday." more.

The moves came after Russia and Ukraine agreed yesterday to restart talks on their dispute and as Gazprom warned that Ukraine risks amassing a debt of "billions of dollars" if the conflict continues... hurriyet.com
EU Responds:
The European Union branded the situation "completely unacceptable" and demanded the flow be restored:
"It is indeed a crisis, a serious one," Ferran Tarradellas told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Alternative routes from Russia avoiding Ukraine will not be able to replace the shortfall, he noted. "We are demanding that they restore gas supplies to the EU immediately." More.
The disruption coincides with a particularly cold snap – temperatures dropped to minus 15F (minus 25C) in Serbia – and many countries in eastern and central Europe depend on gas for central heating...



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