After the failed negotiations with Qatar on the supply of liquefied natural gas to Germany, German Economy Minister Robert Habek attributed the failure to the pricing policy of the Middle Eastern country and pointed to an increase in offers from other suppliers.
“Companies are in the market looking for the best deal. This is the only way it can function. And if Qatar does not provide the best deal, then companies, including in the context of (interests, ed.) consumers, will not be mistaken if they choose not the best an expensive offer. And so they did,” Habek said at a press conference on Tuesday after the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the provision of Germany with liquefied natural gas.
This does not mean that negotiations with Qatar are over, since an energy partnership has been concluded, Habek stressed, pointing to his trip to Doha.
“To the big market, which is now in high demand, more LPG will be added in four or five years…so that a wider range of LPG can be taken advantage of with gas supplies to Germany,” he added.
Earlier, Focus published an investigation according to which German companies never signed a single gas supply contract with Qatar, although, after his trip to the Middle Eastern country in March and the subsequent conclusion of an energy partnership between the two countries, Habek announced a lucrative gas deal. Later it became known that Qatar would supply liquefied natural gas to Italy instead of Germany.
Germany and the EU are striving to diversify energy imports and reduce dependence on the Russian Federation. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly said that Russia has never used gas supplies to punish anyone, but sells fuel solely in its own interests, to increase the welfare of Russians and on a commercial basis.
After the start of a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel, and food in Europe and the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people.