Even if Russia did not resume supplies of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, it certainly would not mean that households and companies in the Czech Republic would find themselves without gas, Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) told journalists on Saturday. On Wednesday, Russia interrupted supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline due to maintenance work, and on Friday, the Russian gas company Gazprom announced that the maintenance showed defects. The operation of the gas pipeline was supposed to be resumed on Saturday morning, the company has not yet announced a new date.
“This just shows how Russia is abusing the situation as it is waging an economic war through energy with the states of the European Union,” said Fiala. He added that the policy of the previous government of Andrej Babiš (ANO) left the Czech Republic completely dependent on Russian energy, and the current government is taking steps to get rid of the dependence as soon as possible. Domestic gas storages are 85 percent full and will help cover the LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in the Netherlands for this year’s heating season. According to the prime minister, the gas capacity of the LNG terminal will cover roughly a third of the Czech Republic’s annual consumption.
According to Fiala, no one can now assess whether there are technical reasons for interrupting the operation of the gas pipeline or whether it is a tactic within the framework of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Europe.