Russia’s response to EU sanctions, gas supply to Latvia suspended

ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Alliance News): Russian gas producer Gazprom has cut off gas supplies to Latvia, accusing it of violating the terms of the agreement, while the Baltic state says Russia’s move will not significantly affect its gas supply. .

According to foreign media, Russia has already cut off gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Russia had stopped gas supplies to these countries because they refused to pay for the gas in accordance with President Vladimir Putin’s order, which mandated the opening of ruble accounts in Russian banks.

In a message on social media, Gazprom said that the company has suspended gas supplies to Latvia from today due to violations of the terms of the purchase agreement.

EU states have accused Russia of cutting gas supplies in response to Western sanctions imposed by Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine.

However, Gazprom referred to the shutdown of one of the last 2 operating turbines for the pipeline due to the technical condition of the engine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed the limited supply on sanctions imposed by the European Union.

The European Union this week agreed to a plan to reduce gas consumption in a show of solidarity with Germany against Russian pressure.

Gazprom has announced that it will reduce gas supplies to Germany through the Nord Stream (One) gas pipeline to a fifth of the pipeline’s flow capacity.

The Deputy State Secretary for Energy Policy at the Latvian Ministry of Economy said that Gazprom’s move will have little impact on us as Latvia has already decided to ban Russian gas imports from January 1, 2023.

He said that we are not seeing any major negative effects of this move of Russia on the country.


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