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The German authorities have moved to the second stage of the emergency plan, developed in case of an emergency in the gas sector. The reasons for the introduction of an increased level of alarm were a significant reduction in supplies from Russia and high gas prices.

“From now on, gas in Germany becomes a scarce product. The market is able to provide consumption orders and moderate replenishment of reserves, but this should not give us a false sense of security. declared Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister of Germany Robert Habek.

He called the situation serious and said that Germany must reduce gas consumption and increase the amount of energy produced by coal-fired power plants in order to fill gas storage facilities by winter. Now they are a little more than half full.

In addition, the German authorities are considering the possibility of reducing the cost of heating residential buildings, developing a gas auction model, allocating an additional 15 billion for the purchase of gas, and also propose to revise the ban on fracking.

According to the minister, the deterioration of the situation on the gas market and the jump in prices are Vladimir Putin’s strategy, designed to divide the European Union.

In my opinion, the goal is to destroy the very foundations on which Germany and Europe have stood for the past few months – our great unity, solidarity with Ukraine and the willingness to pay the price for the defense of freedom.

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Russia gradually reduces gas supplies to Europe during the year. In June Gazprom shortened supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline by 40% – from the planned 167 to 100 million cubic meters per day. In the state corporation, the decrease in supplies is associated with planned preventive maintenance and Siemens, which, due to Canadian sanctions, cannot return gas pumping units from repair. In the EU, Russia’s actions are called “blackmail”.

Germany and Austria introduced the first level of the state of emergency at the end of March. The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden did so in mid-June. The first degree of readiness implies recommendations to reduce gas consumption and constant monitoring of the situation on the gas market by the authorities.

Previously, European countries planned to use gas for the “green” restructuring of the economy, reducing emissions and developing renewable energy sources. But now, according to the BBC Russian Service, even the most “green” officials agree that it is necessary to return to the active operation of coal-fired power plants.

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