Energy crisis warning: Putin may CUT OFF entire Europe gas supply in bitter revenge plot | World | News


The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) urged the West to prepare for this possibility as the war in Ukraine continues to batter progress made in recent years regarding relations with Russia. Since the beginning of the “special military operation”, Europe has made some steps away from relying on Russian energy sources but would still be hit hard if the Kremlin did decide to take this route.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said that even if the Kremlin stopped short of this mark, it could impose other measures that would damage the West.

He told Reuters: “Considering this recent behaviour, I wouldn’t rule out Russia continuing to find different issues here and there and continuing to find excuses to further reduce gas deliveries to Europe.

“[It could] maybe even cut it off completely.”

Mr Birol stressed: “This is the reason Europe needs contingency plans”

Considering the consequences of Russia turning off Europe’s gas supply this winter, Guardian Energy Correspondent Alex Lawson this month said there was “no chance” of the Continent replacing its supply before this time.

Industries across Europe, particularly in Germany, will suffer a heavy “squeeze” if a cut is imposed.

Production of key elements, including steel, would also be greatly limited.

Commenting on the UK’s position, Mr Lawson was a little more optimistic.

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Elina Bardram, acting director for International Affairs and Climate Finance at the European Commission, recently told a Brussels audience that the EU would turn to coal only “temporarily”.

She insisted this would not impact the bloc’s climate goals.

Ms Bardram said: “The unlawful invasion by Russia of Ukraine has resulted in an emergency situation in the EU.

“With the very rogue moves we are observing from the Putin administration in terms of Gazprom lowering the flow very suddenly, we are doing some very important measures, but all of those measures are temporary.

“The EU’s 2030 and 2050 targets remain fully intact… while we may temporarily increase our use of coal, the long term direction is clear.”

Moscow has signalled on a number of occasions it will respond firmly to the “unfriendly” nations which have imposed sanctions upon it.




Kaynak : https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1629671/energy-crisis-europe-Putin-cut-off-gas-supply-IEA-alert-Ukraine-war-Russia-Gazprom

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