Putin cuts gas supplies to Europe.

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20th Jun 2022

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1-2 min read

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Mollie Pinnington

Gazprom the Russian gas giant have announced their plans to cut gas supplies to the Nord Stream pipeline. They have said that around 40% of the gas supply would be decreased for supply work to be done. However, Germany have pushed back against this as they have deemed it a political decision that is intended to drive up prices.

Germanys Economy Minister has said that repair work does need to be done on the pipeline, however this would not be until Autumn time that the repair would eve begin and the repairs that need doing would not warrant a 40% reduction of gas. Germany have said that is unjustified for Russia to do this and is a plan to unsettle energy prices.

This incident shows that Russia is continuing to weaponize gas supplies that are flowing into Europe in order to exert political pressure over the rest of Europe. The changes in the energy market across Europe in the beginning of this year set energy prices to record levels in some countries. If this pressure continues from  Russia then energy prices are likely to shoot up even further by the  time the winter comes in.