Neither Gazprom nor Russia are responsible for the energy crisis in Europe, said the deputy prime minister of the Russian government Alexander Novak responding to statements by the Director-General of the International Energy Agency (ILO).
“Of course what surprised me was the statement of the head of such a respected organization as the ILO, which is trying to turn a blind eye to the problems facing European consumers today. “Undoubtedly, there is no responsibility here, neither for Gazprom, nor for Russia in general,” he said Novak.
Novak stressed that the development of the energy crisis in Europe was influenced by the long winter, which forced the extraction of significant quantities of natural gas from underground gas storage facilities (UGS) in Europe. In addition, the global economy began to recover as liquefied natural gas, mainly from the US, was diverted to Asian markets, the deputy prime minister added.
Earlier, the head of the ILO Fatih Birol, in statements made by Bloomberg, he said that The high tension in the European gas market was caused by Russia’s behavior, while Gazprom is largely responsible for the lack of gas in the underground gas storage facilities.
Russia will produce 10.1 million barrels of oil per day
Asked by TASS about the daily capacity of oil production, Novak said that under the OPEC + agreement, Russia will produce 10.1 million barrels of oil per day.
Russia is a party to the OPEC + agreement, under which oil production from allied countries is regulated by market conditions. From May 2021, the OPEC + countries are restoring oil production, which was significantly reduced a year ago. From August the plan envisages an increase in production by 400 thousand barrels per day.
During the meeting, which took place on January 4, 2022, the countries participating in the agreement approved a plan to increase production for February by 400 thousand barrels per day.