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Latvia does not intend to resume gas imports from Russia

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Despite the fact that Latvia is experiencing a number of difficulties due to the refusal of Russian gas supplies, the country is not considering the option of resuming energy imports from Russia, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said. In his opinion, it is precisely because most EU countries have not yet given up gas from Russia that it is able to finance the military operation in Ukraine.

“It is necessary to find a way to agree on how to include gas in the sanctions,” the head of government believes … About 90% of what Latvia imported last year was Russian, but we are not going to buy anymore,” said Mr. Karins in an interview El Pais.

The Latvian leadership also has a “contingency plan” with the country’s energy supply, due to which it may not consider the option of resuming Russian gas imports.

Mr. Karins also clarified that, in his opinion, NATO should create a “progressive defense strategy” with the concentration of a vast contingent of troops on the eastern flank. He advocated an increase in the supply of Western weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and noted that “peace can only be achieved through victory.”

On May 20, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich announced that the country intends to do without Russian gas supplies. Against the backdrop of this decision, Latvian energy operators notified consumers about changes in gas prices from 1 July.

For more information about Russian gas supplies to Europe against the backdrop of sanctions, see Kommersant FM’s article “Gas Blocked Routes.”


More news in Telegram channel “Kommersant”.

Andrey Sapozhnikov

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