OREANDA-NEWS The Polish company PGNiG has filed a counterclaim against Gazprom with a demand to reduce energy prices, the corporation reported.

The Polish energy company took a retaliatory step after Gazprom's request to conduct arbitration proceedings with PGNiG and EuRoPol GAZ and a statement on the right to defend its interests.

PGNiG demands to reject Gazprom's claims, considering them unfounded. She called for reducing the cost of gas based on a request from PGNiG dated November 1, 2017 and under a contract from November 1, 2021.

"Moreover, we consider these claims formally unacceptable, so we ask that Gazprom's claims be denied," said Pavel Mayevsky, Chairman of the Management Board of PGNiG SA.

Gas-Trading SA, a subsidiary of PGNiG, has 51.18% of EurRoPol GAZ, where Gazprom owns 48.82% of the shares.

The EU is looking for an alternative to Russian gas for Europe. And once again he is convinced that there are no alternatives.

Earlier, on February 3, the chairman of the board of the Polish oil and gas company Pavel Majewski told reporters that PGNiG does not intend to sign a long-term contract with Gazprom for the supply of Russian gas. The contract between Gazprom and PGNiG expires at the end of this year.