Putin unleashes fury at Germany and HALTS gas flow from Russia – EU faces energy crisis

Ukrainian MP warns EU 'will be next' if Putin wins war

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Worrying data from the Poland-Germany border appears to show that Moscow has suspended gas flowing through the Yamal-Europe pipeline.  The 2.5000 mile-long pipe connects Russia with Poland and Germany, through Belarus. According to the data, gas supplies fell to just 939,809 kilowatt-hours per hour (kWh/h) from around 11.5 million kWh/h previously at the Mallnow metering point.

The Yamal Europe is one of the main pipelines that feeds the EU with natural gas. But it is not the only one.

Russian gas flows to Europe through other pipelines including the Nord Stream 1 pipeline across the Baltic Sea were stable on Tuesday morning.

Flows through Nord Stream 1 were steady at 71,952,390 kWh/h, operator data showed.

Germany is particularly vulnerable as it relies on Russia for around 40 percent of its gas imports.

Now, the country, and the rest of the EU faces a potential energy crisis.

Last week Russia threatened to cut natural gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline as part of its response to sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that the Kremlin had the ight to take actions that “mirror” the penalties imposed on the Russian economy.

Europe’s reliance on Russian energy has been a key factor in efforts by the continent’s leaders to agree on how to respond to the invasion of Ukraine.

Last month, Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed to shelve the £10billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

EU leaders have also been scrambling to ease themselves off Russian energy.

In a statement released Friday following a summit in Versailles, France, they said countries would “phase out our dependency on Russian gas, oil and coal imports as soon as possible”.

The 27 nations agreed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had “brought war back to Europe” and agreed to slash the imports of Russian natural gas, oil and coal.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed 2027 as a firm end date, but nations have been squabbling over agreeing to that.

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