The USA claimed Russia must increase supplies of natural gas to Europe through Ukraine to hold rapidly increasing energy costs caused, according to the claim, by the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea, RT reports.
“The reality is there are pipelines with enough capacity through Ukraine to supply Europe. Russia has consistently said it has enough gas supply to be able to do so, so if that is true, then they should, and they should do it quickly through Ukraine,” the senior adviser for energy security at the US State Department, Amos Hochstein, insisted.
Hochstein complained that gas supplies from Russia to Europe are ‘inexplicably low’ compared to two previous years and expressed concern about the Russian energy company ‘Gazprom’ refusal to book additional gas transit through Ukrainian territory for October. He accused Moscow of trying to use Europe’s energy crisis to speed up the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and reminded that Joe Biden opposes the launch of the project.
The issue was raised after the gas prices in Europe have been hitting records, with October futures on the Dutch TTF exchange reaching a record $963.9 per 1,000 cubic metres this month, while on September 20 the estimated price was $911.2.
However, Gazprom emphasized that its current volume of gas supplies to Europe is in full compliance with the existing contracts and deals with Ukraine haven’t been done due to explainable reasons – the company was uneager to book additional volumes in the pipelines running through Ukraine due to high fees.