Gas prices in Europe are breaking records, and European politicians accuse Gazprom of blackmail. In early October, gas futures prices, which approached $ 2,000 per thousand cubic meters, fell sharply. This happened after Putin invited Gazprom to think about increasing the supply of Russian gas on the European market. During the day, gas futures fell below $ 1200. In an interview with The Insider, Rusenergy partner Mikhail Krutikhin notedthat Russia is now doing everything it can to put pressure on Europe, which is serious about speeding up the phase-out of natural gas. This, of course, does not suit the Russian leadership at all.
“There is a gas war going on now. The Russian leadership sees that Europe seriously intends to accelerate the phase-out of natural gas. This does not suit the Russian leadership at all. Russia says: “We will freeze you now, not allowing gas to survive the winter, and then tell me if you need these windmills or will you still come and ask Russia for normal natural gas?” This is the offensive going on. But for now, the Europeans are resisting. All the statements that are being made there – let’s accelerate renewable energy sources and their development. The sun, wind, hydrogen or something else, but not fossil fuels. We must now follow and see what happens. How far will Russia be able to freeze the Europeans so that those nerves would not have enough resistance and quickly develop some other sources of energy? This is war, ”Krutikhin noted.
In mid-October at the forum “Russian Energy Week”, in which the Russian president took part, the host of the American television channel CNBC Headley Gamble asked Putin, how Russia can make Europe believe in its reliability as an energy partner if it does not fulfill its gas obligations.
“A beautiful woman, pretty. I tell her one thing, and she tells me something completely different. It was as if I hadn’t heard what I said, “Putin replied, adding that Russia has increased gas supplies, and Gamble and” everyone who feeds on information from such sources “are misleading.