German Vice Chancellor and Energy Minister, Robert Habeck has warned EU countries they need to remain prepared in case Russia decides to turn off the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline tap.
Habeck said this on Thursday, just hours after gas started flowing again at around 40% of the pipeline’s maximum capacity.
”We cannot rely on commitments from Gazprom,” Habeck said Thursday via video call on Nord Stream 1 and Germany’s gas situation, after Gazprom, the Russian state energy giant, resumed gas shipments through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia into Germany on Thursday.
”Gas supplies of 40% are not enough for the upcoming winter,” Habeck went on to say. ”Russia uses a too big power to blackmail Europe and Germany.”
Gas shipments via Nord Stream 1 have fallen by 60% in recent weeks, while an annual maintenance period from July 11 to July 21 reduced gas flows to zero.
On Thursday, Gazprom restarted the gas flows at the same lower level as before the pipeline was shut down for maintenance works.