Russia has suspended gas supplies to Latvia

Russia has suspended gas supplies to Latvia

It is Latvia’s turn to see its access to Russian gas cut. Russian gas group Gazprom announced on Saturday July 30 that it was suspending its gas deliveries to Latvia, against a backdrop of Russian-Western tensions over the conflict in Ukraine and unprecedented European sanctions. against Russia. “Today Gazprom has suspended gas deliveries to Latvia (…)due to violation of gas withdrawal conditions”announced the Russian company in a Telegram press release, which did not provide further details.

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The announcement comes as Gazprom sharply reduced Russian gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline this week, citing the need for turbine maintenance as European countries scramble to fill on their reserves.

Russia has already cut its shipping volume twice in June, saying the pipeline could not operate normally without a turbine, which was repaired in Canada and has not been returned to Russia due to sanctions imposed by the West. after the Russian attack on Ukraine. Since then, Germany and Canada have agreed to send the equipment back to Russia, but the turbine has not been delivered.

Westerners have accused Moscow of using energy weapons in retaliation for sanctions adopted after the offensive against Ukraine. The Kremlin, for its part, ensured that the sanctions were the source of the technical problems in the gas infrastructure and therefore Europe suffered from the measures it imposed on Russia.

“The process of maintaining technical devices is made extremely difficult by the sanctions adopted in Europe”the spokesman of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said this week, while assuring that Gazprom remains “a reliable guarantor of its obligations” and delivered “as much as necessary and as much as possible”.

A plan to avoid the risk of shortages

Russia has been hit by several rounds of Western sanctions after its military intervention in Ukraine launched on February 24. Russian gas exports to Europe, especially to Germany and Italy, have been steadily declining since the start of this penalties. Gazprom also interrupted its gas deliveries to several European customers who refused to pay in rubles: Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.

The Baltic states stopped importing Russian gas on 1er April, according to Latvian storage company Conexus Baltic Grid. On Friday, Latvian natural gas trader Latvijas Gaze announced that it continued to buy gas from Russia, without specifying its suppliers and ensuring that it paid for its deliveries in euros.

According to the official data on gas flows published by the company Conexus, gas deliveries on the Latvian gas pipeline increased sharply since July 21, before stopping suddenly on Friday July 29.

In an attempt to prevent the risk of shortages this winter, the 27 EU member states agreed on a plan on Tuesday that provides that each country “all possible” to reduce, by March 2023, its gas consumption by at least 15% compared to the average of the last five years in the same period. Russia accounted for about 40% of the EU’s gas imports until last year.

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