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“Gazprom” stopped deliveries to Latvia due to violation of the terms of selection

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The Russian company “Gazprom” has stopped deliveries of gas to Latvia according to the July application. This was stated on July 30 in the Telegram channel of the state company.

The reason is a violation of the conditions for gas extraction.

“Today, PJSC Gazprom stopped gas supplies to Latvia as part of the July application due to violation of the conditions for gas withdrawal,” the Russian side noted.

On July 28, the head of the Latvian gas distribution company Latvijas gāze, Aigars Kalvitis, said that Riga had resumed gas purchases from Russia, paying for it in euros. He stressed that gas is not bought directly from Gazprom, but from another supplier, but this is commercial information and is not publicly disclosed.

In May 2022, Lithuania was connected to Poland by a main gas pipeline (GIPL). Lithuania also has its own liquefied gas terminal and the independent gas carrier. GIPL connects the gas markets of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland with the European Union.

On July 20, the European Commission proposed to the EU countries to set a goal to reduce gas demand by 15% from August 2022 to April 2023 in order to increase energy security and reduce dependence on supplies. The initiative in its original version did not meet with support among the alliance: it was not supported by Spain, Portugal, Greece, Hungary.

On July 26, the heads of energy departments of the EU countries agreed on a “substantially lightened” plan to reduce gas consumption in the alliance.

In April, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia did not want to buy gas from Russia. The prime ministers of these countries agreed on cooperation in order to overcome the blue fuel shortage by joint efforts.

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.

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