Energy: Putin offers gas delivery via Nord Stream 2

After the leaks in the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered gas supplies through the still operational stretch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Energy: Putin offers gas delivery via Nord Stream 2

After the leaks in the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered gas supplies through the still operational stretch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

"You just have to turn on the tap," Putin said during an appearance at the Russian Energy Week in Moscow. The tube was probably not so damaged that it can no longer be used, he said.

However, the federal government made it clear again that gas delivery via Nord Stream 2 was out of the question for them. When asked whether she ruled out Nord Stream 2, deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann said on Wednesday: "Yes. Regardless of the possible sabotage of the two pipelines, it had to be determined that Russia was no longer a reliable energy supplier, said Hoffmann. She referred that no gas was flowing through Nord Stream 1 before it was damaged.

A total of four leaks after the detonations

Severe damage was discovered on the two tubes of Nord Stream 1 and one tube of Nord Stream 2 in the Baltic Sea after explosions at the end of September. According to previous knowledge, at least two detonations had occurred, leading to four leaks. The EU, NATO and security circles, among others, immediately spoke of sabotage as the cause.

Putin spoke of an international terrorist attack on the pipelines. "There is no doubt this is an act of international terrorism, a deeply dangerous precedent," he said. The aim is to finally tear apart relations between the EU and Russia and to weaken Europe. Putin named the United States, among others, as alleged beneficiaries of the sabotage. The Kremlin chief had previously blamed the West for the leaks.

Gas deliveries to Europe increased via Turkey?

Putin has promised increased diversion of Russian gas to Europe via Turkey. "The lost volume of gas transit via Nord Stream could be routed through the Black Sea by Russia, creating a huge gas hub in Turkey if our European partners are interested," Putin said. In any case, the Turkstream pipeline is safer than the route through the Baltic Sea, he said.

Otherwise, Russia will in any case get rid of its gas on the world market, the 70-year-old assured. To this end, Russia is already expanding its infrastructure. In this context, Putin recalled the construction of the Siberian Power 2 pipeline to China and a gas pipeline to Mongolia.

No delivery to countries with a price cap

In view of the planned oil price cap in the EU, the Kremlin chief has also threatened to stop supplying energy resources. "Russia will not go against common sense and pay for the well-being of others," Putin said at the Russian Energy Week in Moscow on Wednesday. "We will not supply energy resources to countries that limit their prices."

In view of Putin's war against Ukraine, which has been going on for more than seven and a half months, the EU formally approved further sanctions against Russia last week, including an oil price cap. Moscow was already responding with threats to divert its own oil exports. Putin also warned that such a price brake would worsen the investment climate worldwide.

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