MOSCOW, July 31 — Germany will not be able to abandon Russian gas in the next five years, declared in an interview with the Zeit newspaper, the Prime Minister of the federal state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer.
In his opinion, the German government should accept this “bitter truth.”
“If we understand that we cannot do without Russian gas for the time being, then this is a bitter truth and we must accept it. <…> In the coming years, we will still need Russian gas, we must use existing nuclear power plants and phase out coal,” says Kretschmer.
The interlocutor of the publication noted that the Germans are not yet aware of the consequences of the increase in prices for blue fuel, and specified that they began to talk in the country about the need to create heating points so that “people do not have to freeze in their apartments.”
“Our entire economic system is in danger of collapse,” the Prime Minister of Saxony warned.
Kretschmer added that he considers the position “never again to receive raw materials from Russia” to be erroneous.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Economy of Germany Robert Habek said that Germany is getting rid of dependence on Russian energy carriers with “lightning speed”, the energy sector is expected to transform in the next two years.
According to him, the level of gas consumption in Germany in comparison with last year is already 14-15 percent lower than last year’s figures. The European Commission has proposed an action plan on the situation in the energy market, which involves reducing energy consumption by up to 15 percent to save gas and other energy sources.
As previously reported by the German media, the German government fears that the shortage of blue fuel could lead to emergencies in the coming winter in certain regions of the country, and the problem with gas will persist in Germany until 2024, which, in turn, may provoke a threefold increase in prices for him.