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Bulgaria threatened with protests if gas prices rise

Gas storage worker. File photoMOSCOW, May 3 The Bulgarian Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (BFIEC) told Prime Minister Kiril Petkov that it was ready to protest against the expected increase in gas prices, radio station BNR reports.BFIEC Executive Director Ivaylo Naydenov urged the government to keep prices at current levels or lower them, since the Bulgarian industry will not be able to afford gas prices higher than in April.

"Otherwise, we will have no choice but to organize protests, as stated organizations of employers", the radio station quoted Naydenov as saying.

Petkov is going to meet with representatives of employers' organizations on the issue of prices for gas and electricity on May 5. – for non-payment of supplies under the new scheme in rubles. On March 23, President Vladimir Putin announced the transfer of payment for natural gas supplies to the EU countries and other some states that have introduced restrictive measures against Moscow, into rubles in order to stop using dollars and euros in settlements. The Russian leader warned that if “unfriendly” states do not start paying in rubles from April 1, this will be regarded as a default on their part. >West wants Russian resources for free


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