Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that gas supplies would not be cut off, but tensions with the West over Ukraine had risen, the dpa said.
“Russia wants unrestricted supply of global raw materials, including liquefied natural gas, to world markets.”According to the Kremlin, Putin told the forum of countries that export natural gas.
There are fears that Russia’s decision to send troops to the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine could affect energy supplies, but Moscow points out that gas was delivered to the West without interruption even during the Cold War, Agerpres reports.
Qatari Energy Minister Saad al-Kafi said on Tuesday that it was practical “Impossible” According to the Moscow EFE, Russia’s gas supply to Europe should be diverted in the future in the event of sanctions in the conflict over Ukraine.
“I think, basically, when talking about the Ukraine issue and the possible consequences of converting Russian gas supplied to Europe, it is about 40% (of total imports) that no country can and does not change this amount. Such ability.”The Qatari minister reiterated this at the end of the sixth summit of the Exporting States Forum (FPEG) in Doha.
Olaf Scholz: Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can not continue
The Russian president’s news comes on the heels of German President Olaf Scholes’ announcement on Tuesday that certification for the North Stream 2 gas pipeline could not continue, given Russia’s recent moves.
The pipeline between Russia and Germany was completed in September last year, but has not yet come into operation.
On Tuesday morning, German Energy Minister Robert Hebeck decided to withdraw his application for a Russia-Germany pipeline permit. “Without this certification, Nord Stream 2 would not be operational,” Scholz told a news conference in Berlin.
Qatar alone cannot compensate for Russia’s gas supply to the EU
In fact, on February 1, Qatar, one of the world’s largest exporters of natural gas, said it would not be able to meet the EU’s energy needs if there was a shortage of supplies to Russia’s EU gas block.
“No one can unilaterally compensate the EU for the amount of gas it needs without disrupting supply to other parts of the world,” Qatari Energy Minister Chad Sheridan told al-Kafi Reuters.
“Europe’s energy security requires a concerted effort,” he said after a meeting with European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simpson in Doha.
In addition, earlier this month, Qatar called on the European Union To restrict gas resale Outside the meeting, the small Arab state, along with other gas suppliers, wants to urgently deliver to the EU in the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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Ursula von der Leyen: EU can live without gas from Russia
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a security conference in Munich on Saturday that the EU could survive without Russian gas.
“Despite the complete gas outage in Russia, I can say today that we are safe this winter,” he said.
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He has leveled serious allegations against the Russian company Gosprom, saying it was “deliberately trying to stockpile and supply as little as possible when prices and demand skyrocket”.
There have been fears in the EU for weeks that the current conflict between Russia and the West over the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine could disrupt gas supplies, the dpa news agency recalls.
The EU is 30 percent dependent on gas imports from Russia, while in Romania, import requirements are even lower.
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