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The Minister of Economics of Germany regards the actions of Gazprom as blackmail

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The Minister of Economics of Germany regards the actions of Gazprom as blackmail

The Minister of Economics of Germany regards the actions of Gazprom as blackmail

Ukrinform

German Economy Minister Robert Habek regards Russia’s reduction in gas pumping through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline as blackmail.

An Ukrinform correspondent reports this.

According to Khabek, now only 40% of the fuel from the possible volume is supplied through the Nord Stream.

“Current reports clearly show that the Russian side’s excuses are simply far-fetched. Obviously, this is a strategy of outrage and price increases,” the minister said.

He also noted that the situation is serious, but not critical. According to Habek, the security of supplies is guaranteed, because the necessary volumes of gas can be purchased on the market, albeit at high prices.

At the same time, the politician urged fellow citizens to save energy. “Now is the time to do it. Every kilowatt-hour will help,” the minister said.

In his opinion, recent days have clearly shown how important it is to get rid of energy dependence on Russia. Expanding the use of renewable energy sources is a matter of national and European security, Habek noted.

Experts suggest that the reduction in gas supplies may be a reaction to the visit to Kyiv of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

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As reported, on June 14, Gazprom announced that it would reduce the flow of gas through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline by 40% – from the planned 167 million to 100 million cubic meters per day. The company pointed, in particular, to delays in the return from repair of equipment for the Portovaya compressor station in Vyborg. On June 15, Gazprom announced that due to problems at Portovaya, it would reduce gas pumping to 67 million cubic meters per day (that is, 60% of the planned figure).

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