The Russian trade representative said, due to which Poland cuts gas purchases

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in fotobanka of the pipeline. Archive photoThe Russian trade representative said, due to which Poland cuts gas purchases© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

Poland reduces the volume of purchases of natural gas in Russia is mainly due to the reverse of the Russian gas from Germany, said in an interview with RIA Novosti trade representative of Russia in Poland Vladimir Nefedov.

He said that last year the physical volume of export of Russian natural gas to Poland decreased slightly. According to the Polish gas company PGNIG, for the first three quarters of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016 natural gas supplies from Russia fell by about 8%, and their share in total imports of this commodity fell from 90% to 71%.

«It happened primarily at the expense of reverse supplies of Russian gas from Germany, to a lesser extent due to the supply of liquefied natural gas from Qatar, Norway and the USA», — said the Agency interlocutor.

He said that according to preliminary estimates, last year imports of Russian gas in Poland amounted to 10 billion cubic meters.

However, he is not afraid that Poland may refuse from Russian gas. «Even the Polish politicians realize the impossibility of complete refusal from Russian gas, especially in a short time. First, they need to build – at the third attempt – the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline to deliver gas from the Norwegian shelf to increase the capacity of Gasport in świnoujście, and then consider how it would be cheaper to buy pipeline gas from Russia,» said Nefedov.

The contract for the supply of Russian gas to Poland expires in 2022. Warsaw believes the current contract is disadvantageous. From the Polish side often heard promises to completely abandon Russian gas after 2022. Recently energy Minister Krzysztof Kujawski stated that to negotiate a new gas contract with Russia is still too early.The Russian trade representative said, due to which Poland cuts gas purchases«Nord stream-2»