US State Department Senior Energy Adviser Amos Hochstein has warned that Europe could face a gas shortage this winter due to low reserves and potential supply cuts. Hochstein stated this in a comment to the Financial Times, which is referred to by the Voice of America.
“If the winter is really cold, you may run out of gas by January or February. And that's what worries me,” Hochstein said during a visit to Kyiv.
According to him, the volume of supplies of natural gas from Russia has decreased compared to traditional levels. The expert believes that Moscow's actions in the gas market have contributed to the growth of its market prices.
“These are not just geopolitical games. People's lives are at stake,” he said.
As it was reported, Hochstein was appointed senior adviser to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on energy security in August. In the State Department, he is currently working on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
On September 10, Gazprom announced that Nord Stream 2 had been completed.