Ukraine crisis: Russia cuts gas supply to unit seized by Germany
Russia has cut natural gas supplies to a Gazprom unit seized by Germany in retaliation for Western sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
Gazprom Germania GmbH and its subsidiaries no longer receive all contracted volumes, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said. Europe’s biggest economy and Russia’s biggest gas buyer receive gas from alternative sources and can weather the disruption, he said.
Moscow has banned relations with Gazprom Germania and its various subsidiaries now under the control of the German energy regulator. This includes energy supplier Wingas GmbH, a European gas storage company, the London-based commercial arm of Gazprom and EuRoPol Gaz, owner of the Polish section of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany.
Last month, Germany temporarily took control of Gazprom Germania to ensure security of supply.
Finland said on Thursday it would apply to join NATO ‘without delay’, with Sweden expected to follow as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looked set to lead to the alliance’s very expansion Western military that Vladimir Putin aimed to prevent.
The decision by the two Nordic countries to abandon the neutrality they maintained throughout the Cold War would be one of the biggest shifts in European security in decades. Moscow called Finland’s announcement a direct threat to Russia and threatened retaliation, including unspecified “military-technical” measures.