Russia had stated that unless sanctions are repealed, gas deliveries to Europe won’t start up again. The Kremlin has warned that Russia won’t resume gas shipments to Europe through a crucial pipeline until western sanctions are eased.
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The “collective West” is to blame for Russia’s decision to halt supplies through the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany after three days of maintenance, according to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.
He said, “The sanctions Western countries put against our country & various firms are to blame for the difficulty pumping gas.
No other factors could have contributed to this pumping issue.
It represents Russia’s most blatant acknowledgement to date that its limits to energy supply are a response to western sanctions rather than the cause, as it has previously maintained, of technical issues.
The action by Moscow stoked inflation and caused the cost of living to reach new highs, reigniting concerns about European energy shortages this winter.
The largest gas pipeline connecting western Europe and Russia is called NS1, and it has been in use since 2011. That required three days of maintenance since one of the NS1’s turbines had an oil leak that needed to be fixed.
According to a representative for the European Commission, the entire suspension of gas flows was carried out “under false pretences.” Also accusing Russia of using energy as weapon, the United States added that Europe will have enough gas to get through the winter.
Energy costs, which reached a 30 percent increase on Monday, have also reached record highs, causing nations to expedite their search for Russian gas substitutes.
The EU needs to speed up plans for renewable energy products and overhaul its power market, according to France’s President Emmanuel Macron. Germany is actively seeking to differentiate its source of energy, along with other European nations.