German Greens Leader Accuses Russia of Exacerbating Gas Crunch
© Sputnik / Dmitry LelchukPipe-laying vessel Fortuna leaves the port of Wismar to work on Nord Stream 2 construction
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BERLIN, (Sputnik) - Annalena Baerbock, a German election candidate and leader of the Greens party, has accused Russia of not doing enough to help energy-strapped Europe fill its gas storage.
Baerbock, who has long demanded that Germany drop the Nord Stream 2 gas project, told the RND group of newspapers that Russia wants to "increase political pressure to speed up the approval process for Nord Stream 2 and put the pipeline into operation".
She said that the German government should send a message to Moscow that "Russia must stick to its promises and supply enough gas through the existing pipelines like it used to".
© AFP 2021 / ODD ANDERSENA road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, north eastern Germany, on September 7, 2020.
A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, north eastern Germany, on September 7, 2020.
The German energy ministry's spokeswoman, Suzanne Ungrad, said on Wednesday that Russia was fulfilling existing supply deals and did not disregard any contracts.
Gas prices skyrocketed to 60-65 euros ($70-76) per megawatt/hour, almost triple the average seen in the past years. Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, blamed gas shortages on the recovering demand, longer heating periods and slumping wind power generation.
Gas storage facilities are estimated to be filled to roughly 70 percent of capacity, down from 93 percent at the same time in 2020.