Putin: Russian gas prices soaring in Europe is not to blame

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on the 23rd that “it is unfair to blame Russia” for the recent surge in gas prices in Europe.

According to Reuters, Putin made the remarks at the annual press conference held in Moscow on the same day.

He stressed that Russia is ready to help Europe’s gas problem, but that the gas problem is Europe’s own creation and must be addressed on its own.

Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom also said it had nothing to do with the surge in gas prices in Europe.

“Countries that have long-term contracts with Gazprom, such as Germany, now enjoy much lower prices, and even profit from selling gas to neighboring countries,” he said.

He also argued that some Russian gas destined for Germany is suspected of being eventually resold to Ukraine.

Gazprom does not receive reservations for gas transport through the ‘Yamall-European gas pipeline’ from Russia to Germany via Belarus, Poland and Germany because there is no request from the European Union or EU countries, he explained.

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Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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