The Council of the European Union approved the decision to cut gas consumption by 15% this winter By reducing consumption by 15%, the EU wants to “save in anticipation of winter in order to prepare for possible interruptions in gas supplies from Russia.” The measure will be voluntary, but in case of a serious threat to supplies, it may become mandatory /webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The plan also provides for a number of exceptions. In particular, EU countries that are not connected to the gas networks of other EU countries are exempted from the requirement. In addition, merger members can request easing if they have exceeded storage capacity targets or if their critical industries are heavily dependent on gas.
The European Union agreed to reduce gas consumption against the backdrop of a reduction in pumping through Nord Stream 1— one of the main routes for Russian gas supplies to Europe.
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Gazprom said it needs official clarification from the EU and the UK that the repair and transportation of turbines will not fall under sanctions (clarifications from the UK are needed, since it is the British “daughter” of Siemens Energy that maintains the turbine on an ongoing basis). In this way, the company wants to insure its property, the Kremlin explained.
Siemens Energy and the European Union also believe that Russia uses gas as a political weapon, constantly finding “some reasons” due to which it is not can take the turbine. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these accusations, saying that anti-Russian sanctions were the cause of supply problems.
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