Gazprom logo is seen during the International Gas Forum, at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Centre in Saint Petersburg. AFP
He said that gas is still flowing as he spoke.
"Alternative supplies are available, and Bulgaria hopes that alternative routes and supplies will also be secured at EU level,'' Nikolov said referring to an EU expert meeting due later Wednesday to plan the next steps. He added that Poland and Lithuania are in the same situation as Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian side has fully met its obligations and has made all payments required under its current contract in a timely manner, strictly and in accordance with its terms, Nikolov said, and Bulgaria has paid in advance for supplies in April, which shows that Gazprom has defaulted on its contract.
"Obviously gas is used as a political tool,'' he said. "As long as I am Minister, Bulgaria will not negotiate under pressure, Bulgaria is not for sale and does not succumb to any trade counterpart."