if you want gas then open Nord Stream 2


Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference following the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. — Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference following the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 16, 2022. — Reuters 
  • Putin denies Russia had anything to do with Europe’s energy crisis.
  • Insists Russia would fulfil its energy obligations.
  • European gas prices more than double from start of year amid decline in Russian supplies.

SAMARKAND: President Vladimir Putin on Friday denied Russia had anything to do with Europe’s energy crisis, saying that if the European Union wanted more gas it should lift sanctions preventing the opening of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Speaking to reporters after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan, Putin blamed what he called “the green agenda” for the energy crisis, and insisted that Russia would fulfil its energy obligations.

“The bottom line is, if you have an urge, if it’s so hard for you, just lift the sanctions on Nord Stream 2, which is 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year, just push the button and everything will get going,” Putin said.

Nord Stream 2, which lays on the bed of the Baltic Sea almost in parallel to Nord Stream 1, was built a year ago, but Germany decided not to proceed with it just days before Russia sent its troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.

European gas prices more than doubled from the start of the year amid a decline in Russian supplies.

This year’s price surge has squeezed struggling already consumers and forced some industries to halt production.

Europe has accused Russia of weaponising energy supplies in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. Russia says the West has launched an economic war and sanctions have hampered Nord Stream 1 pipeline operations.

Russia has cut off gas supplies to several countries, including Bulgaria and Poland because they refused to pay in roubles rather than the currency of the contract.

Russian gas giant Gazprom also said earlier this month that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Europe’s major supply route would remain shut as a turbine at a compressor station had an engine oil leak, sending wholesale gas prices soaring. 



Source link

About Ayan Khan

Ayan Khan is the owner & CEO of Wahab World where you can get the latest information about Jobs, Education, Tech, Mobile, Movies, Films, Sports, Politics, and more. We have the best writers and content creators who create informative and well-researched content for you. For more details follow us on social media.

View all posts by Ayan Khan →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.