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Delfi announced Latvia’s purchases of Russian gas through intermediaries

The Latvian gas distribution company Latvijas gāze resumed gas purchases in Russia, paying for it in euros, said the head of the company, Aigars Kalvitis, as reported by the Delfi portal on Thursday, July 28.

“Latvijas gāze is now purchasing gas, but we are not buying gas from Gazprom because we cannot pay. We have another supplier. This is commercial information, we do not discuss it publicly,” Kalvitis said.

Earlier, he repeatedly assured that the company is completely confident in providing customers with gas. About one terawatt-hour of natural gas has been pumped into Latvia from Russia over the past month, with supplies increasing since mid-June.

Latvia announced a complete renunciation of Russian gas from January 1, 2023. The amendments to the Energy Law, supported by the Seimas, provide for the diversification of natural gas supply routes and the provision of strategic energy reserves.

On May 20, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics announced that the country was not going to buy Russian gas. This decision was made by the Latvian authorities after the start of the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass, he stressed.

In April, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia did not want to buy gas from Russia. In addition, the prime ministers agreed on cooperation in order to bypass the shortage of energy resources through joint efforts.

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