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Russia not using gas as weapon and ready to help Europe overcome energy crisis,- Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Describing reports that Russia has withheld gas supplies to Europe, Putin called such accusations “politically motivated blather”
15:00, 14 October 2021

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that his country is not using energy as a weapon against Europe and that Russia stands ready to help in the current energy crisis. Putin said this on Wednesday in an interview with CNBC during a panel discussion at Russian Energy Week in Moscow. 

“We are not using any weapons. Even during the hardest parts of the Cold War Russia regularly has fulfilled its contractual obligations and supplies gas to Europe,” he said.

Related: Russian Energy Ministry makes proposal to resume electricity supply to Ukraine

Describing reports that Russia has withheld gas supplies to Europe, Putin called such accusations “politically motivated blather” and there was “nothing to support it [the idea] that we use energy as a kind of weapon.” On the contrary, he said, Russia was “expanding its supplies to Europe.”
 
Putin said that Europe should “not deal in blame-shifting” over the energy crisis in the region and that European countries had not done enough to replenish gas reserves in the summer.
 
The European Commission today, October 13, adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter.

It is noted that the Communication includes a “toolbox” that the EU and its Member States can use to address the immediate impact of current prices increases, and further strengthen resilience against future shocks.

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