The EU Readies for a Possible Shutdown of Russian Gas Supplies – Borrel

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The United States, Qatar and Azerbaijan are among Europe’s possible partners in the supply of natural gas. The EU authorities are preparing for a possible shutdown or reduction of Russian natural gas supplies to Europe. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, wrote about this yesterday in a blog on the website of the European External Action Service. According to him, the EU is considering different options while supporting Ukraine. At the same time, options are also taken into account if Russia reduces or stops gas supplies to Europe altogether. “We are ready in case diplomacy fails, and we are considering all options. This involves increasing our sustainability, including by working with partners such as the United States, Qatar and Azerbaijan on the issue of gas supplies in case Russia decides to reduce or stop supplies,” Borrel wrote. Earlier it was reported that the European Union is developing new sanctions against Russia. According to Borrel, the Europeans “have made progress in preparing highly effective retaliatory measures that will cause serious damage to the Russian economy and financial system”. Recall that the United States promises Europe alternative gas supplies, if necessary. Washington maintains contacts with liquefied natural gas producers on this issue. Корреспондент