The United States is warning of a possible energy crisis in Europe this winter
According to the adviser to the President of the United States, it is no longer a question of geopolitics, at stake – people’s lives.The White House is worried about Europe’s gas dependence on Russia / photo by REUTERS
According to the Voice of America , the American edition of the Financial Times writes about it.
According to the authors of the article, the White House is worried about Europe’s gas dependence on Russia in energy supplies.
“If the winter is really cold, you may run out of gas by January-February. And that’s what worries me,” Amos Hackstein, chief energy adviser to US President Joe Biden, told the Financial Times during a visit to Kyiv.
Russia is “short of gas, compared to its traditional supplies,” which has led to the highest prices in history, the article said.
According to Hoxtein, it is no longer a question of geopolitics. “People’s lives are at stake,” he told FT reporters.
As UNIAN reported, the price of gas in Europe set a new record . During trading on September 9, the price of October futures on the Dutch TTF index exceeded the all-time high, reaching 57.25 euros per megawatt-hour, which corresponds to $ 700 per thousand cubic meters.
Nord Stream 2: What is known
On July 21, 2021, the United States and Germany reached an agreement on Nord Stream-2 . It stipulates that Washington is renouncing its intention to impose sanctions on participants in the Nord Stream 2 project, but the possibility of EU sanctions on Moscow remains if Russia uses the pipeline as an instrument of energy pressure.
The agreement also stipulates the intention to maintain gas transit through Ukraine. Germany promises to use all the levers to persuade Russia to extend the agreement on gas transit through Ukraine, which should end at the end of 2024.
In July, it was reported that the European Commission had begun examining Ukraine’s formal request for consultations over an agreement between the United States and Germany to complete the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction and operation of two branches of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline operator is Nord Stream 2 AG, founded by Russia’s Gazprom. The project is funded by European companies – French Engie, Austrian OMV, British-Dutch Shell, German Uniper and Wintershall.
Construction of the pipeline was suspended due to US sanctions against contractors, but resumed in February 2021. Nord Stream 2 AG decided to complete it on its own.
On September 2, after meeting with US President Joseph Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Biden had guaranteed sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in the event of threats to Ukraine’s energy security.