Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine will be reduced by almost a third today compared to yesterday, Wednesday, according to the Russian giant Gazprom, with the supply being affected for the second consecutive day since the conflict in Ukraine.
About 50.6 million cubic meters are expected to be transported through Suja Strip for 72 million yesterday, according to Gazprom, quoted by Russian news agencies, a decrease of almost 30% after the 18% drop recorded yesterday.
The volumes reported by the Ukrainian gas pipeline management company OGTSOU are slightly different, but of the same order, as it reports on its website 53 million cubic meters today compared to 73 yesterday.
The two sides blame each other for this. Ukraine has been saying for the past two days that it can no longer guarantee deliveries through the Sukhranivka facility in the Luhansk region due to the presence of Russian forces, and has asked Gazprom to increase the volume of gas supplied to another station. , him in Soutza.
Moscow, on the other hand, says transit can be made through the Sohranivka station, as a change of flow to the Southa station is impossible.
Yesterday, Germany announced a 25% reduction in the volume of gas supplied through one of the main gas transit pipelines through Ukraine.
So far, both Kyiv and Moscow have maintained gas flows despite the fighting, with Russia insisting mainly on being a credible energy partner despite sanctions and conflict.
The EU, for its part, has been preparing to suspend supplies since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the payment of ruble deliveries – a change to the contract that the EU says is unacceptable.