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Ukraine war

Russia's Gazprom halts gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria

First cases to have gas cut in Kremlin toughest response since Ukraine invasion

A construction site for the extension of Russia's TurkStream gas pipeline in Bulgaria in 2020. Russia's Gazprom has halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for failing to pay in rubles.   © Reuters

SOFIA/WARSAW (Reuters) -- Russian energy giant Gazprom on Wednesday halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for failing to pay for gas in roubles, the Kremlin's toughest response yet to the crippling sanctions imposed by the West for the invasion of Ukraine.

Poland and Bulgaria are the first countries to have their gas cut off by Europe's main supplier since the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine that has killed thousands of people, displaced millions more and raised fears of a broader conflict.

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