Gas flows to Europe won’t resume until sanctions lifted: Russia

Russian gas supplies to Europe will not resume until Western sanctions against Moscow are lifted, the Kremlin has said.
According to international media, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said the sanctions were the sole reason behind Russia’s decision to shut the Nord Stream 1 (NS1) pipeline. Moscow initially said it was shutting the pipeline, which supplies gas to Europe, for maintenance.
“Sanctions that prevent the units from being serviced, that prevent them from being moved without appropriate legal guarantees it is these sanctions imposed by Western states that have brought the situation to what we see now,” Peskov added.
Peskov’s comments came amid a deepening energy crisis across Europe that was further exacerbated after Gazprom, Russia’s state-run energy giant, announced on Friday that a three-day maintenance work due to an oil leak in one of the NS1’s turbines will extend indefinitely.
The European Union snapped back at Moscow’s move, with the European Commission spokesman saying that the complete halt of gas flows was made under “fallacious pretences”. EU officials have repeatedly accused Russia of intentionally stemming or reducing the flows in retaliation for Western sanctions and support of Ukraine.
The United States also accused Russia of using energy as a weapon, adding though that Europe will have enough gas to face the winter months.
“The US and Europe have been collaborating to ensure sufficient supplies are available. As a result of these efforts, European gas storage will be full by the critical winter heating season. We have more work to do,” a White House official told Reuters news agency.