German Finance Minister Lindner said the EU could not stop importing Russian gas because the move would hurt not only Moscow.
“Obviously we have to stop all economic ties with Russia as quickly as possible. We have to plan tough sanctions, but gas supplies are irreplaceable in the short term. We will self-harm. harm themselves more than they do,” German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said in Luxembourg on April 4.
The German minister said cutting gas imports from Russia “takes time”. He suggested that instead of a general ban on all energy sources from Russia, the European Union (EU) could consider imposing a ban on individual goods such as oil, coal and gas.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on April 4 called on the EU to discuss a ban on Russian gas imports, raising hopes that Germany is rethinking its gas sanctions from Moscow. However, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck also expressed the same view as Lindner, that he opposed the immediate ban on fossil fuel imports from Russia.
Russia is supplying 40% of Europe’s gas needs, of which Germany, Italy and many Central European countries depend heavily on this supply. About 25% of the oil for Europe also comes from Russia.
Gas from Russia, delivered to Germany via fixed pipelines, is the most difficult source of energy for Berlin to eliminate. Germany currently imports 55% of Russian gas. Half of Germany’s coal also comes from Russia, but Berlin has recently found other sources of supply.
While the US and some Eastern European countries in NATO have called for an immediate boycott of Russian energy in response to the military campaign in Ukraine, Germany and some other countries are still hesitant, saying that such a decision causes damage. great economic harm.
The European Commission on March 28 confirmed that the EU aims to be completely independent of energy imports from Russia by 2027. The EU and the US previously also signed an agreement to supply more gas from Washington to Europe. . The US said it will work with international partners, trying to secure at least 15 billion cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) for the EU market by 2022 and continue to increase in the future.
Ngoc Anh (According to AFP/Reuters)