MOSCOW – Russia’s state-run natural gas pipeline has re-emerged east of Germany on Saturday, sparking a backlash against major Russian pipelines, Russian media reported.
Russia’s own reports were not shocking, and the giant Russian energy company, Gazprom, said on Saturday that it was fulfilling all European orders. According to a Russian news report, the reversal of the flow was due to the short-term effects of balsam weather in Germany over the weekend.
But the reversal is playing a role in Europe’s politically charged gas bombings and the Kremlin’s alleged restrictions on gas supplies for political purposes. One of these goals is to get the EU to approve the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will bring gas directly from Russia to Russia via Eastern Europe.
Broadly speaking, analysts say, the Kremlin may be sending a message about renewable energy, which could lead to the continent’s rapid depletion of natural gas, making the continent vulnerable to changing wind and solar supplies.
Analysts say Russia has been failing to supply oil to its own storage facilities for weeks to compensate for the shortage. The reversal of the flow in the main Yamal-Europe pipeline has been seen as a new twist.
The pipeline connects Russia with Germany and crosses Belarus and Poland. Russia covers 20 percent of its land supply to the European Union, which indicates a significant deficit.
The state news agency did not comment on the change. He cited the German-based gas company Gasqued, which stopped the flow in the Yamal-Europe pipeline and sent gas from Germany to Poland to the east.
Gascade did not respond to a request for comment.
The Kremlin has a history of using gas politically. A.D. In the 2000s, Russia twice cut supplies to the pro-Western government in Ukraine, causing widespread shortages throughout Eastern Europe and shaking people in unheated apartments in mid-January.
Many Eastern European countries, which are opposed to the Kremlin to buy Russian energy sanctions, have entered into agreements with other European countries, not Russia, to buy gas politically. A.D. Following the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, relations between Russia and the West became strained.
For example, Ukraine has completely switched to such “reverse contracts” because the so-called Russian gas is bought by Western European companies and “reversed” or exported to the East.
A report by Russia’s Interfax news agency said the gas turnover was on the opposite contract on Saturday, and that customers in Poland continued to pull off pipelines as demand in Germany narrowed.
In any case, these agreements only apply when Russian natural gas flows through the West European pipelines. In recent years, however, Russia has shifted its supply of gas to pipelines directly to Western Europe, passing through Eastern Europe and avoiding reversal agreements.
This is where the Nordstream 2 pipeline plays. Critics say the pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea was not really necessary, but it was built in Russia to strengthen the use of Kremlin in Eastern Europe.
Following the completion of the pipeline, Russia is now seeking permission from German and EU inspectors to begin work. President Vladimir Putin has criticized Europe’s gas crisis for failing to approve the Nordic 2 stream on time.
Mr Putin has argued that Russia could help as Europe’s gas crisis escalates – but only if European companies and governments agree to close long-term contracts for Russian naval supply. According to critics, this will ensure the Russian gas market for many years, even if it moves to renewable energy sources.