Russia and Ukraine continue to play the blame game as the Czech Republic and Turkey report a drop in gas supplies caused by their dispute. The Czechs are the latest to suffer the consequences after Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine on New Year’s Day in a row over unpaid bills and pricing. Gazprom maintains it is honouring its commitments to supply customers in Europe and blames Ukraine for blocking or siphoning off gas bound for the EU.
EU energy firms say there will be no problems for customers as long as the disruptions end soon. However, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have already been affected. Ukraine says the fall in gas flow is a result of Russia cutting supplies through a major pipeline by as much as half. An EU meeting is planned for Monday to discuss the situation.