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Russia threatens, no more gas via Nord Stream 1 if sanctions are not lifted

EU: Russia could send gas through other pipelines - chooses not to do so

Gas supplies from Russia to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will not fully resume until the "collective West" lifts sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has said, according to the Financial Times.

EU: Russia could send gas through other pipelines - chooses not to

Russia could send more gas to Europe via other routes to compensate for the closure of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline but is choosing not to do so, a European Commission spokesman said earlier.

"If there was a technical problem that prevented supplies through Nord Stream 1, there would be a possibility, if there was a willingness, to deliver gas to Europe through other pipelines. This is something we do not see happening," the spokesman said.

He added that this behavior is proof that Russia is using the supply of gas to Europe as a weapon.

Russian company Gazprom blamed the Nord Stream 1 shutdown on Western sanctions and technical issues.

Meeting this afternoon at Maximos on the energy crisis

A conference under the Prime Minister will be held this afternoon at the Maximos Mansion on the burning issue of energy by the crisis management committee of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, government spokesman Yannis Economou informed earlier.

According to Mr. Economou, the meeting will focus on developments in the operation of the energy supply chain and the updating of initiatives in view of the winter, as well as the Prime Minister's presence at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

Ahead of the EU energy ministers' meeting on 9 September, the government spokesman stressed that "it is necessary to break the period of European inertia".

With information from REUTERS, FT

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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