Russia: “No gas as long as sanctions remain”. France-Germany axis on energy

The Kremlin: “They are preventing the maintenance of gas pipelines”. The Macron-Scholz pact to tackle the crisis together

Problems with the gas supplies to Europe via Nord Stream will persist until sanctions are lifted from Russia which prevent the maintenance of gas pipelines. Thus the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the Russian decision to close the flows.

“The gas pumping problems arose due to the sanctions introduced by Western countries against our country and various companies”, Peskov added, underlining that “there are no other reasons that could have caused this pumping problem”.

And as aoffer from Ukraine – “The export of electricity from Ukraine can replace significant volumes of Russian gas, currently being imported into Europe,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal – France and Germany make a pact to tackle the Russian gas crisis together. “Germany needs our gas and we need the electricity produced in the rest of Europe and in particular in Germany”, said French President Emmanuel Macron, during a videoconference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

France, he assured, will complete the connections in the coming weeks to supply gas to Germany when necessary. Germany, he added, has promised to send electricity when needed. “This Franco-German solidarity is the commitment I made with Scholz,” she stressed.

More than half of France’s 56 nuclear power plants are currently not in operation due to repairs or maintenance operations, a circumstance that creates energy problems for France more than the closure of Russian gas pipelines, which weighs much more on Germany. .


The European Union will continue to support Ukraine by all possible means and for as long as necessary, whatever threats or “blackmail” Russia may direct to the 27 member states, said the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy. , Josep Borrell, during a press conference at the end of the eighth session of the EU-Ukraine Association Council. “The main message of today’s meeting to the whole world is that the EU will continue to support Ukraine, whatever the threat, the blackmail that Russia may do to us. We will provide our support at the political, financial, humanitarian and military levels. as long as it is needed and how it will be needed, ”Borrell said.