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Russian giant Gazprom cuts gas supply to the Netherlands

The Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Tuesday that it had suspended the supply of gas to the supplier of Netherlands GasTerra before the refusal of this to pay in rubles.

Gazprom has totally suspended its gas shipments to GasTerra BV (The Netherlands) due to the I do not pay in rubles”, announced the Russian giant in a statement on Telegram.

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In response to the sanctions imposed by the European Union after the offensive launched in Ukrainethe Russian president Vladimir Putin demanded that gas buyers from “hostile” countries they will pay in rubles instead of euros or dollars and from accounts in Russian banks, under threat of cutting off supply.

The GasTerra group rejected these conditions and demanded respect for contractual obligations, pointing out that the payments demanded by the Kremlin posed “a risk of violating the sanctions drawn up by the European Union.”

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About 15% of the gas in the Netherlands comes from Russia, which is equivalent to about 6,000 million cubic meters per year, according to the government.

Although it is a figure lower than the European average (40%), The Netherlands is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

The decision of Gazprom It implies that the country will not receive some 2,000 million cubic meters of gas between now and October, GasTerra had warned, adding that it had already anticipated this scenario by buying gas elsewhere.

Russia had previously cut off gas to Finland, Bulgaria and Poland.

Source: Elcomercio

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