EU flags against the backdrop of the organization's headquarters in Brussels (file photo) EU: we must be prepared for the fact that gas supplies from Russia will not resume
«Gazprom» told customers in Europe that he could not guarantee gas supplies due to «emergency» circumstances
The European Commission is preparing for any scenario regarding gas supplies to Europe via the Russian Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, including the possibility that supplies will not resume on Thursday, when the pipeline is due to be repaired.
This was announced by a representative of the European Commission at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“We are working on all possible scenarios, and one of the scenarios that we need to take into account when planning for emergency situations is the possibility that supplies will not resume,” a European Commission spokesman said.
The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the European Commission does not expect Nord Stream 1 to resume operation after its annual 10-day maintenance, citing the Commissioner EC on the budget of Johannes Hahn.
“We are operating on the assumption that it will not return to service,” Khan told reporters in Singapore, according to the Journal.
When asked about the comments, a spokesman said that the European Commission is preparing for unforeseen circumstances this winter, taking into account the fact that a complete cessation of Russian gas supplies may occur.
“We assume that Gazprom will no longer supply gas to Europe … and prepare for winter – based on the worst possible scenario,” he said.
On Wednesday, the European Commission will publish plans to reduce gas demand in EU countries as Brussels braces for a further cut in Russian gas supplies and attempts to fill gas storage facilities ahead of winter.
A draft EU plan seen by Reuters suggests countries create financial incentives for companies to cut gas consumption and switch to other types of fuel.
EU representatives said that the European Commission is also considering setting targets for countries to reduce gas consumption, but there are still discussions about whether such targets will be mandatory or voluntary .
On Monday, Reuters reported that Russia's Gazprom had told customers in Europe it could not guarantee gas supplies due to “emergency” circumstances, which increased fears that Moscow may not resume operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline on Thursday