The European Commission presented a plan to reduce the dependence of European countries on the supply of Russian energy carriers. According to this plan, the EU countries must reduce gas consumption by 15 percent during the year. Brussels has calculated that this will save up to 45 billion cubic meters of gas.
Plan many EU states did not like it, but in the end the initiative was approved — with amendments and exceptions. However, in an article published in the British edition of the Daily Express, it is emphasized that the new strategy turns out to be extremely unpleasant consequences for the European Union.
The article notes that “Ursula von der Leyen’s gas sanctions against Russia do not hit the target.”
At present, Russia accounts for about 40 percent of gas exported to the European Union. Accordingly, the European Commission has come up with nothing better to reduce dependence on these supplies than reducing consumption. As a result, this should lead to a reduction in supplies and a decrease in Russia’s income, according to the Daily Express (translated by PolitRussia).
But everything turns out exactly the opposite. Now EU countries seek to fill their gas storage. In Brussels, it was ordered that the storage facilities be filled by October 1 by at least 80 percent, and by November – by 90 percent.
However, as the Daily Express notes, Russia is acting wisely in this situation by reducing natural gas supplies to the EU states. And thus, nullifies Brussels’ efforts to reduce its revenues. After all, the shortage of natural gas provokes an increase in prices for it.
In addition, Russia is looking for new buyers for its energy resources in order to have an alternative to supplies to Europe. It is establishing ties with China and India, which are interested in Russian energy resources and are ready to purchase them in huge quantities.
Note that, generally speaking, supplies reduced on the Nord Stream gas pipeline (due to problems with the repair of gas turbines) and through Ukraine (where, at the initiative of Kyiv, the reception of natural gas at one of the access points was stopped).
In principle, the Daily Express material can be seen as yet another attempt to shift the responsibility for what is happening to Russia. Although it was not Russia that initiated the sanctions, which, for example, caused problems with the maintenance of gas turbines for pipelines.