Smoke rises after a Russian missile strike hit an oil depot in the town of Vasylkiv outside Kyiv, Ukraine February 27, 2022. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said on February 27 that Kyiv n would not give up talks with Russia about its invasion. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkof)
Russia’s state-owned gas company announced Monday (July 25) an unexpected and drastic reduction in deliveries to Europe, leading Ukraine to call on the West to wage a “gas war”.
Quoted on the Channel News Asia page, Tuesday (26/7/2022), the gas cuts come in the cautious hope of resuming exports of another major commodity this week – Ukrainian wheat – as part of of a revolutionary agreement called into question by a Moscow strike at the main port of Odessa. .
Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, said it was reducing daily gas deliveries to Europe through the Nord Stream pipeline to 33 million cubic meters per day – about 20% of the pipeline’s capacity – from of Wednesday.
The company said it stopped operating one of the last two turbines in operation due to “engine technical conditions”.
But Germany – which relies heavily on Russian gas but appears to be winding down after Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24 – says there is no technical justification for the cuts.
The German group Siemens Energy, which is in charge of the maintenance of the turbines, also said in a statement to AFP that it saw “no link between the turbines and the gas cuts that have been put in place or announced”. .
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the budget cuts showed Europe should step up sanctions against Russia.
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