Gas crisis in the EU – Russia calls for negotiations

Released on 16.10. 2021

  • Responsible for energy issues in Russia: Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Nowak. Photo: Emile Ducke

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Around 25 million cubic meters of gas should According to Moscow, they are missing in the European stores. The Kremlin is ready for a dialogue, but there are no requests from the EU, they say.

Moscow (dpa) – Russia considers a new gas crisis in Europe to be possible in the future. “I do not rule out that such a situation will recur,” said Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Nowak, who is responsible for energy issues, on state television.

He therefore called those responsible in the EU to negotiate on. “We are ready for a dialogue.” Russia had promised further deliveries. But there were no inquiries, said Nowak.

According to his information, around 25 Millions of cubic meters of gas. “Something should be done about this.” The energy superpower had recently repeatedly denied responsibility for the increased prices.

Russia is fulfilling its contractual obligations in full, said the deputy head of government. Deliveries to the world markets were even increased by 15 percent compared to the previous year. Russia itself has 2021 consumed as much gas as it has not in a long time. Nowak attributed this to the cold winter and the economic recovery.

Most recently, President Vladimir Putin had promoted the rapid commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would carry natural gas from Russia through the Baltic Sea to bring to Germany. Deliveries via this route would ease the situation on the heated gas market. The pipeline has been completed, but the operating license from the German authorities is pending.

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