Blaming EU sanctions, Russia suspends gas supply to Latvia – Reuters

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Saturday it had stopped sending gas to Latvia after accusing it of breaching supply conditions, a move the Baltic country said would have little impact on its gas supplies.

Russia has already cut off gas supplies to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands and Denmark, which have refused to pay for gas in accordance with an order from President Vladimir Putin demanding the opening of ruble accounts in a Russian bank. Russia has also halted gas sales to Shell Energy Europe in Germany.

“Gazprom today suspended gas deliveries to Latvia (…) due to breaches of purchase conditions,” the company said on Telegram.

The Russian state-owned company earlier said it would cut supply to 33 million cubic meters a day, half the amount it has been delivering since resuming service last week after 10 days of maintenance work .

European Union states have accused Russia of cutting supplies in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow‘s intervention in Ukraine.

Gazprom cited the shutdown of one of the pipeline’s last two operating turbines due to “the technical condition of the engine”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed EU sanctions for the limited supply.

The EU this week agreed on a plan to cut gas consumption in solidarity with Germany, where the Nord Stream gas pipeline runs, warning against Russian “blackmail”.

Edijs Saicans, deputy state secretary for energy policy at the Latvian economy ministry, said Gazprom’s decision would have little effect given that Latvia has already decided to ban imports of Russian gas from from January 1, 2023. a move,” he said.

Posted in Dawn, July 31, 2022

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