The energy powerhouse said on Saturday that it had ceased selling gas to Latvia, accusing it of breaking the terms of the gas withdrawal.
Latvia was accused of breaking the terms of the gas pullout when Russian gas supplier Gazprom announced on Saturday that it had ceased selling gas to Latvia, an EU member state.
According to breaches of the terms of the contract, “Gazprom suspended its gas supplies to Latvia today…,” the firm said on Telegram. Which withdrawal clause had been broken wasn’t made clear.
The action was taken a day after Latvian energy company Latvijas Gaze announced that it will be purchasing gas from Russia and paying in euros rather than rubles.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, said in March that nations considered hostile to Moscow will be required to pay in rubles for gas delivery. This was in reaction to a freeze imposed by other countries on Russian assets.
Due to their refusal to comply with requests for payments in rubles, Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands, and Denmark have had their gas supply turned off by Russia.
The EU has come under fire for continuing to buy gas from Russia amid concerns that the proceeds would go toward funding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy, told DW on Friday that reducing reliance on Russian energy was not something that could be accomplished immediately.
According to Borrell, “It [Russian energy imports] was 40% before the war, it’s now 20% … but no one can ask European economies to cut gas supplies overnight.”
“We cannot do miracles.”
The European Commission has cautioned that meeting Russia’s financial obligations might violate the terms of the sanctions imposed on Moscow.
Earlier this week, Gazprom reduced the amount of gas sent to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline by around 20% of its maximum capacity.
EU countries say that Russia is cutting off supplies as a way to get back at the West for the sanctions it has put on Moscow.