Baltic States Stop Russian Gas Imports over Ukraine

by Cristian Florescu

Latvia said the Baltic states are no longer importing Russian natural gas, as European nations try to wean themselves off Russian energy sources in the wake of the Ukraine war, writes FARS NEWS AGENCY

“If there were still any doubts about whether there may be any trust in deliveries from Russia, current events clearly show us that there is no more trust,” Uldis Bariss, CEO of Conexus Baltic Grid – Latvia’s natural gas storage operator, said on Saturday, AFP reported.

“Since April 1st, Russian natural gas is no longer flowing to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania,” he told Latvian radio, adding that the Baltic market was currently being served by gas reserves stored underground in Latvia.

With the Russian economy crippled by unprecedented international sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned European Union members that they would need to set up rouble accounts to pay for Russian gas.

He said on Thursday that existing contracts would be halted if the payments were not made.

While the United States banned the import of Russian oil and gas, the EU – which received about 40 per cent of its gas supplies from Russia in 2021 – has retained deliveries from Moscow.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on the rest of the EU to follow the Baltic example.

“From this month on – no more Russian gas in Lithuania,” he said on Twitter.

“Years ago my country made decisions that today allow us with no pain to break energy ties with the aggressor,” he added.

“If we can do it, the rest of Europe can do it too!” he added.

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