Russia cuts gas supply to Latvia

Service has been suspended in Bulgaria, Poland, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands in recent weeks, citing various excuses, notably refusing to pay in rubles.

From this Saturday, July 30, the Russian energy giant Gazprom has cut gas supplies to Latvia. According to the company via a statement, the liquidation’s termination is due to a “violation of the conditions on the selection of gas,” though it did not specify which violations it specifically refers to.

Latvian company Konexus Baltic Grid, which operates gas transport, has confirmed the supply cuts. Yesterday, Latvian company Latvijas Gaze admitted that it was buying Russian gas, not directly from Gazprom, but through an intermediary that pays in euros, not ruble, as a response to Moscow sanctions policy from other European customers. is demanding.

During 2021, about 90% of the gas purchased by Latvia came from Russia. Last June, the Latvian prime minister, Arturs Krisjanis Karins, announced that his country would not continue importing Russian gas and indicated that the liquefaction would be definitively interrupted from January 1, 2023.

In early April, Connexus Baltic Grid announced that Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania would stop buying Russian gas directly through Gazprom due to the war in Ukraine and a loss of trust in Moscow. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on the rest of the European Union to follow the example of the Baltic countries.

Russia has cut gas to Bulgaria, Poland, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands in recent weeks, citing various excuses, notably refusing to pay in rubles. Germany, which continues to receive Russian gas, although with a gradual reduction in volume, believes that President Vladimir Putin is using this policy against the European Union to pressure the lifting of sanctions resulting from the invasion of Ukraine. Huh.

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From last Wednesday, Gazprom decided to again limit the supply of gas to Europe via the Nord Stream-1 pipeline to 33 million cubic meters per day, which represents a reduction of 20%. The reason given was once again the need for maintenance of another pumping turbine. “The productive capacity of the Portovaya compression station will increase to 33 million cubic meters on 27 July”, the Russian energy company announced, specifying that it represents “approximately 20% of the pipeline’s capacity”, which by then was 40. compared to %. Also reportedly ended by the absence of a turbine sent to Canada for repairs.

In June, Russia already twice cut gas delivery on the pretext that the pipeline could not operate normally without turbine repairs in Canada, insisting it had not yet returned due to sanctions. has gone. Siemens Energy, the German group responsible for the maintenance of the turbines, then stated that “there was no connection between the turbine and the gas reduction”.

But, yesterday on Friday, Gazprom warned that “Moscow can only accept repaired turbines if it receives guarantees from the European Union and Great Britain that Western sanctions will not apply,” said Vitaly Markelov, the company’s deputy director. According to what I reveal, the question of turbines is nothing more than an excuse to energetically squeeze Europe and the real purpose of the Kremlin is to lift sanctions.

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