EU gears up for the gas winter

Many people in politics and business have probably marked July 21 in their calendars. Starting at 6 a.m., gas is supposed to start flowing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline again after the annual maintenance work, which begins next Monday. However, warnings are becoming increasingly strident that deliveries, which have been curtailed for weeks, will stop completely after that. “We have to prepare for further interruptions of gas supply from Russia, even a complete termination,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Parliament yesterday. She said it was clear that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was using energy as a weapon. Several announcements followed to show Brussels’ resolve.

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