The Russian state-owned company Gazprom warns its European customers of sharply rising gas prices in winter. These could increase by 60 percent to more than $4,000 per 1,000 cubic meters, as the company announced in Moscow on Tuesday. The reason for this is that exports and production continued to shrink due to western sanctions over the Ukraine war.
“European spot gas prices have reached $2,500 (per 1,000 cubic meters),” Gazprom said. “According to conservative estimates, if this trend continues, prices this winter will exceed $4,000 per 1,000 cubic meters.” Ukraine has closed one of Gazprom’s routes for deliveries to Europe. The group itself reduced its capacity of the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline to Germany to around 20 percent in a dispute over a gas turbine belonging to the German company Siemens Energy, which is responsible for maintenance. (Reuters)
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According to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, the explosions in a Russian military base in Crimea are due to an “act of sabotage”. The ammunition depot, located in the north of the annexed peninsula, was damaged, as well as civilian infrastructure, including a high-voltage power line, a power plant, a railway line and several houses, the statement said. Who could be behind it, left the explanation open. (AFP)
The anti-nuclear doctors’ organization IPPNW and environmental groups are demanding diplomatic intervention in the fighting at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine from European uranium supplier countries. IPPNW chairwoman Angelika Claussen warned in Bielefeld on Tuesday that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe increases with every day that the fighting continues. “The danger is real.” The four governments in Berlin, The Hague, London and Stockholm, together with the United Nations, should therefore bring the warring parties in Ukraine to one table in order to set up a demilitarized protection zone under international supervision, especially around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. (epd)