response: Achilleas Patsoukas
Neither Gazprom Russia not responsible for Europe energy crisis, Russian Deputy PM says Alexander Novak in an interview with the TV channel Rossiya-1.
“Of course, I was somewhat surprised by the statement of the head of such a respected organization as World Energy Organization, which is trying to shift the problems that European consumers have today “.
Novak stressed that the evolution of the energy crisis in Europe was influenced by a long winter, which forced the extraction of significant volumes of natural gas from underground gas storage facilities (UGS) in Europe. In addition, the global economy began to recover and liquefied natural gas, mainly from the United States, went to Asian markets, the deputy prime minister added.
Some EU countries from September to December 2021 accused Gazprom of cutting back on gas supplies to the EU during a period of peak energy prices, believing that the Russian supplier, which covers about 40% of its needs EU in gas, manipulated European prices.
In response, Gazprom has repeatedly stated that its deliveries to EU countries in the autumn of 2021 increased compared to the same period last year. In addition, all its contractual obligations to EU countries have been fully met. This fact has been repeatedly confirmed by the leaderships of both the individual EU countries and by the European Commission itself.