December 24, 2021 8:56 pm
At a meeting of the State Council, LDPR chairman Zhirinovsky said there was resistance in Europe to the commissioning of the pipeline and that the EU would freeze to death in winter. Putin replied that the Nord Stream opponents saw off the branch they are sitting on.
Those hindering the start of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are sawing off the branch they are sitting on. Russian President Vladimir Putin said this at a joint meeting of the Russian State Council and the Council for Science and Education.
The chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky pointed out that Europe itself did not open Nord Stream 2 to Russia and will now freeze in winter. Putin agreed with this point of view. He said:
“Yes, I agree with your assessment, it is also stupid for those who prevent this system from working, because additional quantities of gas that come onto the European market would certainly lower the price on the exchange, on the spot market.”
According to Putin, many countries, including Ukraine, which are now dependent on the spot market, made their own decisions regarding gas supplies. The Russian President added:
“They don’t want to buy the gas directly from us, and the price would go down significantly for them. They just saw off the branch they are sitting on. It’s amazing.”
The day before, on December 23, the head of Naftogaz Ukrajiny, Yuri Vitrenko, stated that the commissioning of Nord Stream 2 will not take place in the near future and may not take place at all. As Vitrenko noted, it is best for Gazprom if the launch comes closer to autumn 2022. However, Naftogaz sees this process being delayed, he added, emphasizing that it is the conscious policy of Kiev to give Putin a choice: either he accepts different rules for gas supplies to Europe, or Nord Stream 2 will “never” work .
For his part, Putin said at his annual Question Time that the behavior of the Ukrainian authorities could be one of the reasons for the observed increase in spot gas prices in Europe. The head of the Ukrainian gas transport system, Sergei Makogon, did not share the opinion of the Russian president.
Gas prices in Europe have seen a record increase this year. Gas prices repeatedly hit highs in the autumn. On December 21st, prices hit another all-time high of over $ 2,000 per 1,000 cubic meters. Later in the day, the price of 1,000 cubic meters passed the $ 2,000 threshold.
Some Western politicians, including members of the European Parliament, had accused Gazprom of using the high prices to obtain approval to build Nord Stream 2 before Germany and the European Union agree. Gazprom commented on the allegations, stating that the company was supplying gas in quantities that were close to a record. For his part, the Russian President’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, stated that the price increases on the gas exchange have nothing to do with Russian deliveries, as these spot gas prices have no impact on the prices for pipeline gas.
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