Not Even Blackmail: Why Putin’s Gas Games Will Hit Russia Back

March 24, 2022

This decision conveys two signals. First of all, the aggressor is looking for any possible ways to revive its economy and reduce the rate of rouble’s devaluation. Second, the introduction of such payment terms will accelerate the refusal of Central European countries from Russian gas. This will reduce revenue from its sale and, accordingly, limit funds to support the occupying army. Moreover, even if there was a practical transition to payment for Russian gas in roubles, it would be the first step towards dismantling the model of long-term contracts that Gazprom has always fought for. Therefore, such statements rather pursue geopolitical goals — to set their own agenda on the eve of the US President’s visit to Warsaw.

Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"