EC may begin phasing out LNG from Russia in April - Kommersant

EC may begin phasing out LNG from Russia in April - Kommersant

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said that the European Commission plans to introduce a directive in April on a phased ban on supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia to the EU. She recalled that by 2027, all EU countries must completely abandon Russian gas.

“We expect that the European Parliament will hold a final vote on this directive at the plenary session in Strasbourg in April and this will allow our countries to take action (regarding Russian LNG.— "Ъ"), without resorting to sanctions,” Ms. Simson told reporters before meeting European Council at the level of energy ministers (quote from TASS).

According to Ms. Simson, the issue of adopting the directive in 2023 was discussed at the level of EU energy ministers. The proposal was unanimously supported in addition to the Low Carbon Gas and Hydrogen Directive. Kadri Simson also said that the European Commission does not intend to discuss the cessation of LNG supplies with Russia, “as it was five years ago.”

European Commission Representative Tim McPhee February 28 reportedthat the EC is working on a complete rejection of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine. Currently, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Italy receive gas from Russia via this route.

On reducing Europe's dependence on gas from Russia - in the Kommersant article “It’s not the weather that’s reducing demand”.

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