Lithuania should be worried about aggressive policy of Gazprom

August 2, 2007 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

The Lithuania MEP Sarunas Birutis said to the BNS tha Gazprom HQ in MoscowLithuania should be worried about the aggressive policy of Russian gas giant Gazprom, which is controlled by Kremlin, and start tackling energy security issues. According to the MEP Gazprom’s decision to cut down the supply of gas to Belarus by 45 percent (21 million cubic meters) as of Friday is a cause of concern about possible consequences for gas consumers in Lithuania, Poland and Germany.

In the words of Birutis, Lithuania being completely reliant on gas supply from Russia as it no longer has an uplink with EU gas supply networks, storing gas supplies is becoming more and more important. In his opinion, Lithuania should be taking real steps in developing the Inciukalnis gas storage facility in Latvia and building one in western Lithuania.As BNS informed the MEP’s is convinced that the EU and Russia must also reach a clear agreement on ensuring the principles of energy security. In the wake of its decision to cut down the supply of oil to Belarus of Wednesday, Gazprom says that there will be no reduction of gas transit to the EU countries, as the Belarusian part must guarantee complete volumes of gas supplied for transit, according to the agreement with Gazprom.

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Energy, EU, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Oil, Politics, Russia.

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