Germany Says Can’t Rely on Russian Gas Deliveries This Winter


Germany cannot rely on Russia’s Gazprom PJSC supplying gas over the coming winter once maintenance work on the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline this week has been completed, according to Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

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(Bloomberg) — Germany cannot rely on Russia’s Gazprom PJSC supplying gas over the coming winter once maintenance work on the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline this week has been completed, according to Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

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Gazprom has stopped gas deliveries to Europe through its main pipeline for what it said would be three days from Wednesday, further squeezing supplies just as Germany is trying to fill its storage facilities. Habeck and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have accused the Kremlin of exploiting Europe’s dependence on Russian energy as a weapon to retaliate against sanctions imposed after it invaded Ukraine.

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At a news conference in Berlin on Thursday, Habeck was asked if he expected Gazprom to reactivate gas deliveries through NS1 once the maintenance work is completed and if the government is in touch with the Russian company.

“There are no direct talks between my ministry and Gazprom,” Habeck told reporters. “What I do expect is that we cannot rely in any way on Russia, or on Gazprom, the rest is pure speculation,” he added. “We should not count on gas coming via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline over the winter.”



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