Germany’s first reaction after Russia announced it would not resume supplies through the Nord Stream gas pipeline

Germany indicated on Friday that gas supplies were protected despite Russian giant Gazprom’s decision to extend the shutdown of the Nord Stream pipeline, raising fears of winter gas shortages.

“The situation on the gas market is tense, but security of supply is guaranteed,” a spokesman for the German Economy Ministry said in a statement quoted by AFP, Agerpres.

Without commenting on Gazprom’s announcement, the spokesman said Germany had “already seen Russia’s credibility in recent weeks”.

Gazprom announced on Friday evening that the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which was due to return to service on Saturday after a maintenance period, would eventually be “completely” shut down until a turbine on the main gas pipeline to supply Europeans is repaired.

In a statement, Gazprom said it had discovered an “oil leak” in the turbine during a maintenance operation and “until it is repaired, gas transport through Nord Stream will be completely suspended.”

The Russian energy company did not say how long the repairs would take.

Gazprom’s announcement risks raising concerns among European countries, which are trying to avoid an energy crisis in the coming winter, and which Moscow accuses of using gas as a weapon to retaliate against Western sanctions after Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.

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