Bulgaria’s state gas company Bulgargaz has launched arbitration proceedings against Gazprom, seeking damages for an alleged breach of contract, Bulgaria reported Reuters.

The Bulgarian company is claiming €400 million (Lv782.33 million) based on a contract dispute from 2022.

The case was brought before the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France.

“After the Russian side did not take any action to settle the case out of court, Bulgargaz took the necessary steps to protect the company’s interests,” Bulgargaz said.

Last year, Gazprom suspended its long-term contract with Bulgargaz, which accounted for 90% of gas supplies to Bulgarian customers.

The Russian energy company stopped supplying gas to Bulgargaz at the end of April 2022.

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Reuters said attempts to ask Gazprom for comment were unsuccessful.

Bulgaria, a member of both the EU and NATO, has joined international sanctions against Russia following that country’s military actions in Ukraine in 2022.

Last month, German energy company Uniper officially terminated its gas supply contracts with Gazprom Export, a subsidiary of Gazprom, after an arbitration panel awarded Uniper more than €13 billion ($14.06 billion) for undelivered gas since mid-2022.

The Stockholm District Court issued a binding ruling under Swiss law, allowing Uniper to terminate contracts that would have lasted until the mid-2030s.

Uniper, which was under financial pressure due to the lack of Russian gas and the need to purchase gas at high market prices, started arbitration proceedings against Gazprom Export in late 2022.

In addition, the Austrian Energy Minister has set up a commission to examine the possibility of terminating a gas supply contract with Russia, which should reduce dependence on Russian energy.

The contract between Austria’s OMV and Gazprom expires in 2040.