Polish Briefing 17 June, 2020 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: Gazprom’s disputes with Poland and Belarus

What goes on in Poland on the 17th of June.

Only the force option or Gazprom’s consent will allow Belarus to start gas supplies through Poland

Kommersant suggests that Belarus can reach for gas from outside Russia only with the consent of Gazprom, which controls its gas pipelines, unless Minsk decides to use a force option that will allow it to import gas through Poland, among others.

– Thank God, there is enough oil in the world and prices are rational – said Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus. – Similarly with gas, which there is enough of. There is a battle for the market between the largest players supplying this resource. So there is an alternative to use – he added.

Gazprom is preparing a response to UOKiK’s allegations in the dispute over Nord Stream 2

Gazprom informs that it has received a letter from the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to initiate proceedings against it in connection with failure to provide information as part of the investigation into the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and is preparing a position on this matter.

Gazprom received a letter from UOKiK on June 3, 2020 with information regarding the initiation of an antitrust investigation regarding Gazprom’s failure to provide the information required by that office and acceptance of certain documents as evidence of a new investigation. The Office also demanded clarification as to why the information it had previously requested was not provided. – Currently, an answer to the letter from UOKiK is being prepared – informs Gazprom.