Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom cut gas supplies last week on Wednesday through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which transports gas from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. He explained that it was another maintenance that was supposed to end on Saturday morning.
But on Friday evening, Gazprom said that maintenance work revealed an oil leak in the compressor station and that the pipeline would remain out of service indefinitely. The price of gas in Europe rose by 30 percent after this disruption.
Now the world’s largest exporter of natural gas has released an ad just days after it mentions that “the winter will be long.” Meanwhile, European countries are filling their tanks and hoping for the opposite.
“This just shows how Russia is abusing the situation where it is waging an economic war through energy with the states of the European Union,” Prime Minister Petr Fiala said about the state company’s behavior last week.
According to him, domestic gas storage tanks are 85 percent full and will help to cover this year’s heating season with LNG storage tanks (liquefied natural gas, note ed.) terminal in the Netherlands. According to the prime minister, the capacity of the terminals will cover roughly a third of the Czech Republic’s annual consumption.
Russia denies that it is responsible for the interruption of gas supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. According to it, the interruption of the transport is due to the Western sanctions imposed on Russia, which, among other things, make it more difficult to maintain the gas pipeline.
“The collective West, in particular the European Union, Canada and Britain, are to blame for the fact that the situation has reached such a point,” TASS quoted presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.