Russia: Regime blames sanctions for gas pipeline shutdown

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russia has warned that it will not resume gas supplies along a key pipeline to Europe until sanctions are lifted. Moscow has blamed Western countries for its decision not to reopen the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after it was shut for three days for maintenance. When asked if supplies would resume pumping if sanctions were eased, a Kremlin spokesman said: ‘Definitely.’ Gas prices soared on Monday due to mounting concerns over energy supplies. … Wholesale prices have been very volatile in recent weeks. They fell sharply last week when Germany announced that its gas storage facilities were filling up faster than expected. Europe has accused Russia of using gas supplies to blackmail European countries because of the Ukraine conflict.” (09/05/22)