MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Neither Gazprom nor Russia are guilty for the power disaster in Europe, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak stated in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel.
“Of course, I was somewhat surprised by the statement of the head of such a respected international organization as the IEA, which is trying to shift the problems that European consumers have today. Of course, neither Gazprom nor Russia, in general, are at fault here,” he stated.
Novak burdened that the event of the power disaster in Europe was influenced by an extended winter, which compelled the extraction of great volumes of fuel from underground fuel storages (UGS) in Europe. In addition, the world economic system started to get well, and liquefied fuel, primarily from the United States, went to Asian markets, the Deputy Prime Minister added.
Quite a few EU nations from September to December 2021 accused Gazprom of limiting fuel provides to the EU throughout a interval of peak power costs, believing that the Russian provider, which covers about 40% of the EU’s fuel wants, manipulated European costs.
Gazprom, in response, has repeatedly said that its deliveries to the EU nations within the fall of 2021 elevated in comparison with the identical interval final yr and that every one contractual obligations to the EU nations have been totally fulfilled. The reality has been repeatedly confirmed by the management of each particular person EU states and the European Commission.