Ivaylo Mirchev, member of the Bulgarian National assembly, reported that in the last hours of 2022, Putin again allowed buyers of Russian gas from “enemy countries” to make some payments in contract currency, not in rubles.
Mirchev stressed that the reasons are:
- His failure to get everyone to pay in rubles
- The huge drop in Gazprom’s revenue
- The need for new currency receipts to continue his war against Ukraine
He said, “It’s already too late for this step. Almost no buyers of Russian gas are left. Still, gas is available in enormous quantities, its price is falling, Europe is building emergency terminals for liquefied natural gas (LPG), and long-term contracts for LPG are being signed”.
Mirchev highlighted that even Putin’s Trojan horse in the EU – Bulgaria, is largely diversifying its methane supplies, and new customers for Russian gas are hardly emerging. The main reason is unreliable suppliers.
In addition, Mirchev mentioned that Russia again broadcasts false declarations on their TV channels, just like in early 2022. Russian TV studios explain that without Russian gas Bulgaria was lost, and Europe was struggling with a difficult winter.
“Total lies for which no one holds them accountable today, they are again circulating TVs and sprinkling another Kremlin supports”, said Mirchev.
He proclaimed that the prospects for Putin’s Russia are not good. Due to war and sanctions imposed by the EU, the Russian economy has faced a hard hit.
The Russian currency reserves are rapidly declining, mass emigration of mostly middle-class representatives, and Ukraine’s accordance with Europe has greatly impacted Russian aggression over the west.
Mirchev stated that there are still people who need help understanding what is happening in Bulgaria, but 2023 promises to change that too.