The European Union has drawn up a plan to replace gas from Russia. This was declared by European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton. His words
hosts Europe 1 radio.
According to the European Commissioner, the European Union imports 155 billion cubic meters from Russia per year. Under the new strategy, Brussels plans to receive 50 billion cubic meters by importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States or Qatar, 10 billion cubic meters through existing pipelines, and an analogue of 25 billion additional cubic meters will be produced thanks to the accelerated launch of offshore wind turbines and photovoltaic panels.
Reopening coal-fired power plants is also an option, Breton added.
The European Commissioner said that the President of the Russian Federation uses “gas to divide us”, Vladimir Putin “has done everything for many years to divide Europe”.
“He tried to divide us with his Sputnik vaccine, which didn’t work, he did everything to interfere in our democracies with Russia Today, and now he’s using gas to divide us,” the former said. French Minister of Economy and Finance.
Previously, the Russian group Gazprom had suspended deliveries to Bulgaria, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. The formal reason was the refusal of these countries to pay for Russian fuel in rubles. The Kremlin made such a request after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The European Union rejected these conditions.