Poland calls for EU probe Russian state gasoline big, as Warsaw accuses Moscow of engineering rising power payments throughout a lot of Europe

Poland has written to the EU asking that Brussels convey authorized motion towards Russia’s state-owned power agency Gazprom, which, Warsaw argues, has created a extreme gasoline disaster. The bloc’s leaders had already rejected the claims.

In a letter despatched to the Deputy Head of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, and revealed on Wednesday, Polish Climate and Environment Minister, Michal Kurtyka, argued that the Russian power firm must be held to account for its alleged position within the gasoline scarcity that has swept throughout Europe in latest weeks.

The minister claimed that Russia is intentionally proscribing export gasoline provides to Europe, which, he says, have contributed to shortage throughout the area, and that “the scale of the price jump is unprecedented, with more than twelve-fold year-on-year growth.”

The drawback of rising power costs, Kurtyka says, “is related to a lower-than-expected volume of gas supplied from Russia… In recent months, various actions of Gazprom could be observed, which were different from what happened in previous years,” and it supposedly “does not reserve additional reserves for the Yamal gas pipeline and the network passing through Ukraine,” he added.

“The restrictions on gas transit are significant and currently reach more than 60% and, since November, even 90% on the Yamal pipeline and 55% on the Ukrainian system. In October, only about 30% of the available capacity on the Polish section of the Yamal pipeline was used. Furthermore, these reservations are not long-term, but monthly,” he stated.

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At the beginning of August, the value of gasoline on the Dutch TTF index was round $515 per thousand cubic meters, however then in early October it reached over the $1,900 mark, a brand new file excessive.

Last week, the European Commission stated that there isn’t any proof that Russian state power big Gazprom is making an attempt to squeeze Western Europe’s gasoline provides. Frans Timmermans, the Commission’s deputy head, stated, “Russia is fulfilling its gas-supply contracts.” He added that “we have no reason to believe it is putting pressure on the market or manipulating it.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin blamed the rise in costs on falling electrical energy output from wind farms, which make up a rising share of the EU’s power era. He blasted claims Russia is ‘weaponizing’ power provides as “complete nonsense” and claimed that “proper analysis of the situation is often replaced by empty political slogans.”

Some elements of Western Europe have seen gasoline costs shoot up by as a lot as 250% in latest weeks, with owners and companies seeing the squeeze hit their payments within the run-up to winter.

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